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The Salesman (2016)The Salesman (2016)

The Salesman (2016)

Another fascinating look at family dynamics in Iran from the director of A Separation

Drama, Thriller

best
THE VERY BEST

9.1

movie

France, Iran

Persian

Dramatic, Thought-provoking, Thrilling

2016

Asghar Farhadi

Babak Karimi, Ehteram Boroumand, Emad Emami

125 min

Synopsis

Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.

Our Take

9.1
Bilal Zouheir

Echoing Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesmen, Oscar-winning writer-director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly) tells the story of a loving middle-class couple who live in Tehran, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to move out of their apartment. After arriving at their new place, violence erupts, upending their life and straining their previously happy relationship. Farhadi does what he does best here, delivering simmering tension, complex realism, and unaltered emotion. Originally titled Forushande, every scene of The Salesman is a privileged look for Western viewers into Iran’s collective consciousness. And even with all that aside, the film still stands out as an extraordinary drama with a tense plot and outstanding performances across the board. Another incredible addition to Farhadi’s first-class filmography.

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