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“We have to forget,” a man tells his lover in The Past, Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2012 Oscar winner, A Separation. The woman responds, “Is that possible?” Probably not with this modern family. Marie (Berenice Bejo) is a Frenchwoman who asks her ex, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), to travel from his native Iran to sign divorce papers four years after he left. And Marie doesn’t book a hotel for him, so she essentially throws her new life into Ahmad’s face. Rather similar in tone, intensity, and truth to A Separation, The Past wrestles with themes such as depression, infidelity, bitterness, and the tremendously difficult tasks of forgiveness and letting go. Read more >>> The film is now playing at Landmark theaters. See showtimes here.
Restaurant Week is back. You know the drill: Three-course lunches go for $20.14 and dinner for $35.14 today through Jan. 19. More than 200 Washington-area restaurants are offering deals, including some newcomers like The Arsenal at Bluejacket, Daikaya’s izakaya, Del Campo, Kapnos, and Thally. Check out the full list of participants, menus, and make reservations at ramw.org/restaurantweek.
OH AND ALSO
Folkish rock quartet Saintseneca plays the Black Cat Backstage with LVL Up and Spoonboy. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Wesley Bunch, the man behind dream-pop group Suburban Living, performs with Pet Parade and Sarmust at DC9. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions presents a new show by photographer Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. “Adrift,” which opened Jan. 10, features images from the artist’s travels through Turkey and Morocco. Noon to 5 p.m. at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
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