TEHRAN (Asremrooz): unfortunately as it is heard in medium The Past movie directed by Asghar Farhadi has been chosen as the representative of Iran in the Oscar. This news reminds that why a French movie should be chosen as Iran’s representative. The movie does not have any sign of Iran except eating grilled corn and Ghormesabzi (a traditional Iranian food made by special vegatable).
Before investigating this movie it is better to point at some movies that can be replaced instead The Past including Dehliz, Hoze Naghashi and Tanhaye Tanhaye Tanha. Although they do not have a good view of Iran, they are better that the movies without any sign of Iran.
In this movie, Ahmad who has returned to France from Iran after four years is the symbole of Iran. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives in Paris from Tehran to finalize his divorce from wife Marie (Bejo) after a four-year separation. He is a calm individual by religious appearance but without religious belief. During the story it is found out that he does not have any religious belief and even shake hand with his friend‘s wife. Her wife is in a relationship with a man and they live together but he does not have any serious reaction and just says that he does not have intention to visit him. On the other hand, He also does not have any serious reaction when he noticed that she is pregnant.
In addition to the lack of Iranian culture and custom in this movie, it does not have any new idea. It does not have any advantage except perfect role play. The Past is similar to his pervious movies including Separation and About Eli.
This film as well as Separation does not have ending. When Samir’s wife is crying, it means that she remembers his scent and she hopes that her husband will return. On the other hand, it means that Samir like his wife yet and dose not close it to her noise.
An only cultural impact is that Ahmad eats Ghormesabzi by spoon and Maria takes spoon and fork and eats it. In contrast, Ahmad has influenced by western countries culture although he has lived in Iran for four years.
In western point of view, it will not win any reward because not only it does not have political theme as well as Separation but also it does not have a perfect plot.
Ahmad as a symbol of Iran and Maria as a symbol of west have not had good life together but if they can forget past events they will. This can be understandable in the airport when Maria has an accident. At the binging they are taking while there is a glass between them but they do not understand what they are saying. It means that there are cultural and religious differences between Iran and France so they have not had good relation.
Farhadi shows west mistrusts Iran when Maria has in relation with Samir who is symbol of Arab. Marias’ daughter tells his father “ my mom married Samir because he looks like you”. We notice that although their appearance looks like, Ahmad is better than him (of course an Iranian influenced western behavior).
In this movie, you notice that Maria agrees with Ahmad’s opinion more than Samir’s. Although Ahmad can divorce her , Maria has asked him to returnto be present for the long-delayed and much-disputed divorce proceedings and talk about problems made in their family.
In The Past Islamic Iranian principals have been ignored for example Ahmad shakes hand with his friend’s wife. This movie does not have appropriate feature of Iranians to show around the world and we cannot consider it as an Iranian movie. Shaking hand un-customize in Iran as in Body of lie when Golshifteh Farahani and Leonardo shake hand, it was criticized. However this behavior has welcomed by officials in this movie and it was chosen as Iran Representative in the Oscar.
Unfortunately The Past dose not have any political, cultural and even technical advantage. We can consider it as a weak copy of Separation. We hope that our cultural officials have plan for their decision and they do not destruct Iran and Iranians ourselves.