The Radio Times logo

The Salesman

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Asghar Farhadi
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Drama from the director of Nader and Simin, a Separation, Asghar Farhadi. A teacher turns detective when his wife is assaulted in their new Tehran apartment. Amid the rumours about a former tenant, the couple prepare to appear in an amateur production of Death of a Salesman but, as tension mounts, can their marriage take the strain?

Advertisement

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A crumbling apartment block foreshadows the cracks in a marriage in this Oscar-winning drama from celebrated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (Nader and Simin, a Separation). Set in present-day Tehran, it follows a pair of amateur thespians who are starring in a production of Death of a Salesman. Emad (Shahab Hosseini) is a teacher by day and he and wife Rana(Taraneh Alidoosti) appear to enjoy a happy marriage until she is assaulted in their new home. Farhadi again harnesses the power of the unseen: the rumours surrounding the former tenant; the mystery of what transpired. As the amiable educator turns detective and neglects his wife's more immediate needs, a borrowed child alleviates the anxiety and reveals what might have been. Against a backdrop of frustrated creativity and censorship, Farhadi explores the relationship between art and life. The director's subtly probing style ultimately proves unforgiving, particularly in its portrayal of male pride, with Hosseini excellent as a man who gives in to obsession and risks losing it all. Domestic discord becomes knife-edge stuff in a film that's never less than riveting.

How to watch

Loading

Credits

Cast

rolename
EmadShahab Hosseini
RanaTaraneh Alidoosti
BabakBabak Karimi
The ManFarid Sajjadi Hosseini
SanamMina Sadati
KatiMaral Bani Adam

Crew

rolename
DirectorAsghar Farhadi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye
Released on
2017-03-17
Guidance
Violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content