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1,287 Ratings

The Salesman


Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran, France, 2016


Amateur actors Emad and Rana prepare for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. However, when the couple is forced to move apartments quickly when their building almost crumbles, a case of mistaken identity sees a shocking incident throw their lives into turmoil.

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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

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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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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