The Past parents guide

The Past

The affairs of the past can have a a huge impact on the future.

Overall A-

Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) reunites with Marie (Bérénice Bejo) in order to sign their divorce papers. But instead of settling their past, he ends up in the middle of her muddled present affairs.

Release date December 20, 2013

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is The Past rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Past PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language.

Run Time: 130 minutes

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The Past
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is The Past rated PG-13? The Past is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for mature thematic material and brief strong language.


Confrontations between adults, and between parents and children, include angry words, withheld forgiveness, and pushing and shoving. An angry woman yells at a child and locks him in his room for punishment: he tries to get out by kicking the door. A child accidentally cuts his finger with a kitchen knife. Characters talk about a woman in a coma, and some mysterious scratches on her stomach. Depression is mentioned. A suicide is discussed, including some details about the ingested poison. An immigrant works in a country illegally. Children threaten to run away from home. Characters lie or withhold information from others. A woman wears a medical brace for an injured wrist.

Sexual Content:

An un-wed pregnancy is discussed. Abortion is mentioned. Characters engage in an adulterous relationship (nothing physical is shown). Characters kiss and embrace. A child talks about needing to go to the bathroom.


A sexual expletive is used twice. Other mild and moderate profanities are uttered.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters, including a pregnant woman, frequently smoke to relieve stress.

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The Past
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Language May Offend Observations.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "The Past"

Cast and Crew

The Past is directed by Asghar Farhadi and stars Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Past movie is March 25, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Past

Release Date: 25 March 2014

The Past releases to home video (Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack) with the following bonus features:

- Commentary with Asghar Farhadi

- Featurette: Making The Past

- Directors Guild of America Q & A with Asghar Farhadi

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The Past shares the same writer/director (Asghar Farhadi) as the movie A Separation, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2012. Bérénice Bejo, who plays Marie, also starred in The Artist. That movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 2011, as well as netting her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.