THE SALESMAN

DIRECTED BY Asghar Farhadi

Country: France, Iran
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English
Original Title: FORUSHANDE

Running Time: 125min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Film

Nearly 70 years after its premiere, Death of a Salesman endures as a devastating look at the dysfunction of the American Dream. When a Tehran amateur theater group stages a new production of Arthur Miller’s classic in the Farsi language, their implied criticisms of Western ideology pale when compared to the dysfunctions exposed within the players’ own worlds. Emad (Shahab Hosseini, who won Best Actor at Cannes for this role) plays Willy Loman, and his real-life wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) plays Willy’s wife Linda. When problems arising from shoddy safety mechanisms force Emad and Rana to leave their rented apartment, the couple take refuge in a fellow actor’s recently vacated loft. However, there remain unresolved issues with a previous tenant, a prostitute who has left behind some personal effects. One night, while Emad meets with Iranian censors to discuss cuts to the play, Rana is brutally attacked at home by a mysterious intruder. Fearing public humiliation, Rana refuses to go to the police, insisting that Emad tells everyone her injuries are the result of an accident. A morally complex, emotionally fraught tale of human fragility, Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is a worthy companion piece to his Oscar-winning A Separation. –Jaie Laplante

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credits

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi

Music: Sattar Oraki
Cinematographer: Hossein Jafarian
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidousti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati, Maral Bani Adam, Mehdi Kooshki, Emad Emami,

Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi is from Isfahan, Iran. He has directed the features Dancing in the Dust (03), Beautiful City (04), Fireworks Wednesday (06), About Elly (09), A Separation (11), which won the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and The Past (13). The Salesman (16) is his latest film.