The Salesman


Review: A couple star in a production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. They move into a new home after their apartment has dangerous construction work going on next to a neighbouring building. She gets assaulted in her new home, this then leaves him determined to find the criminal.
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Actors: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati and Babak Karimi
Year: 2016
Genre: Art House, Drama, International and Thriller
Conclusion: 4/5
Correct title for this film is Forushande. Loved this film but I have to say that my favourite Asghar Farhadi film is and will always be A Separation (2011). Watching this film gave me a great insight into what it is like in Iran, for instance just how difficult it is to rent a flat. Just like all the other Asghar Farhadi films you get the sense that you are not watching actors play out but real people. One theme that this has got is trauma and how the people in the film deal with it. It also deals with sexual assault. It is also about how the theatre production itself deals with what is around them inside and outside the play. I found it to be a really powerful film also I found myself gripped by it. The film is slow moving but well plotted with the suspense maintained all the way through. This movie broke the opening weekend box office record in Iran. At the Cannes film festival in 2016, Shahab Hosseini won for Best Actor and Asghar Farhadi won for Best Screenplay. At the Academy Awards in 2017 this won one Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. 


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