The Salesman

The Salesman

Asghar Farhadi (2016)

118min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Cast & Crew

Emad Shahab Hosseini
Rana Taraneh Alidoosti
Babak Babak Karimi
Director Asghar Farhadi

Other Information

Language: PersianColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Mar 2017