The Salesman

The Salesman

The Salesman

Relationship drama from acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (The Past, A Separation) about a couple who disintegrate during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

The film won Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini) and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards, but Farhadi did not attend the ceremony due to President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries. Instead, a statement written by Farhadi was read out by businesswoman Anousheh Ansari - the first Iranian to go to space.

Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2017; Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
2016Rating: M, Adult themes125 minsIran, France, Persian with English subtitles
DramaThrillerWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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The Salesman / Reviews

Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

The Salesman gets underway with an unsettling seismic event. Is it an earthquake or a bomb? The apartment building where married couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) live has become unstable and they scramble to flee, stopping only to help a disabled neighbour. These are good people, and as we know from director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) bad things can most certainly happen to the good.

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Variety

Variety

Every shot is in place, every line leading to an outcome that feels quietly up for grabs.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

On this present occasion, Farhadi may hardly be reinventing himself, but his old tools serve him just fine.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Asghar Farhadi, the writer and director, builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The Salesman is a well-crafted, valuable drama.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Farhadi has created that sense of common ground and shared human experience.

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Stuff

Stuff

One of the most intriguing and thought-provoking movies you are likely to see this year.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Isn't as stunning as A Separation, but it's still a class act.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

If the setup is creaky, the payoff, when it arrives, is a thing to behold.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The final punches are delivered in a knock-out finale that leaves the viewer tense and breathless.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

This taut Iranian thriller recalls the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol, and Brian De Palma.

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