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The Salesman


Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran, France, 2016


The Salesman is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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The Salesman Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

In a series of tautly constructed dramas that imbue the everyday struggles of married life with suspense and tragedy, filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has proven himself a remarkable observer of the social, moral, and personal dimensions that shape contemporary Iranian society. His latest film, The Salesman, explores these themes through the story of two actors (played beautifully by Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini) whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Rana is assaulted in their apartment.
January 27, 2017
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Farhadi’s profound interest in people manifests itself with a generosity of spirit that signals a contemporary humanist cinema all its own. The Salesman’s narrative intrigues and subtextual insights into Miller’s canonical work are as fascinatingly thorny as any in Farhadi’s earlier films, but the rotating faces of The Salesman may endure the longest.
January 27, 2017
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When “A Separation” capped its global success by becoming the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, Farhadi effectively became an international director, a fact he implicitly acknowledged by making his next film, “The Past,” in France. With “The Salesman,” he returns not only to Iran but to some deeply Iranian themes, examining an atavistic tendency even in the most modern-seeming men and pitting that against the compassionate humanism at the core of both secular and religious thought in Iran.
January 27, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Salesman

    [2016's last film]Really Farhadi?Manipulating Me into feeling Sorry for a RAPIST's death?"But he was a respected family man."[Do I C A R E ?!]Why would Rana even CRY?Wasn't she Brutally Objectified+Paid, Assaulted&RAPED?Has she 0 dignity, self-worth &self-respect, that she relates more/feels closer to the rapist "pain"/"shame"(and of his 'poor' family), than herself's?GROSS+SNUFF/G'ahead: shower it with awards(GTFO!)

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film The Salesman

    Incredibly well designed from a formal storytelling perspective with strong performances throughout Farhadi manages to comment on gender, family, politics community and shame. It's strength is also it's weakness as there are times when that design rigueur feels to be forcing the characters choices instead of the other way around. Great stuff though. 4 stars

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Salesman

    Farhadi's ability to reveal Iranian society and its gender inequalities even within the most hackneyed of stories is quite impressive. A woman's honour and a man's pride are the surface drivers of the story but the undercurrents run deep. Performances are quite exceptional though the lauding of the script (Cannes winner) seems excessive with its awkward subplot of Arthur Miller's play and asked empathy for a rapist.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film The Salesman

    “The Salesman” might not be as striking as “The Separation”, since it’s a slightly more manipulative, but is a powerful piece of cinema that authenticates Farhadi as the most predominant contemporary Iranian filmmaker.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film The Salesman

    A thoughtful literary drama, infused with the palpable tension of a thriller. Slices into Miller's Salesman to dissect the marriage relationship: The husband's tragically single-minded pursuit of some ego-objective to fulfill his imagined role in the relationship, at the expense of the relationship. Taut & resonant. With nuance around aggression/sexual violence that I hope triggers conversation over condemnation. 3.5

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Salesman

    It's not on the level of A Separation, but these days, what is? I remain dazzled by how Farhadi can make a movie about so many things at once—class relations, the treatment of women in Iran, the tie between art and life, representation under a regime of censorship—while not losing focus on his characters. The plot doesn't quite add up, but it holds you. Pity the director got banned by a certain shithead president.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Salesman

    Digital. What continues to interest is the way the camera persistently chases the characters drift and their obstinacy. What fails is the combination with the theater sector and the representation of Arthur Miller's play, and, in that continuity, a kind of submission to an idea of 'art', of a too French 'quality'. The actors' naturalistic performance transposed to theater reveals to be disjointed and out of place.

  • Lorna Singh's rating of the film The Salesman

    Another gem from a master storyteller. A focus on how revenge can make us forget our true selves. The last 20 minutes are cinema at its most powerful.

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