Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film!
In The Salesman, celebrated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) spins a compellingly suspenseful story of one couple’s struggle with the aftermath of an assault, set against the backdrop of Arthur Miller’s classic play, Death of a Salesman. Husband and wife acting team Emad and Rana have barely moved into their new apartment when Rana, home alone, unknowingly buzzes in an assailant who puts her in the hospital. Fearing public humiliation, she refuses to go to the police and steadfastly refuses to discuss the details of the assault, which only compounds Emad’s growing obsession with finding his wife’s attacker.
“Masterful … a knock out finale that leaves the viewer tense and breathless.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
Meanwhile, their Farsi language production of Miller’s famous 1949 play, in which they play married leads Willie and Linda Loman, suffers as the pair struggles to keep their private anxieties and on-stage battles separate. Writer/director Farhadi’s latest work combines many of the same themes of his Academy Award-winning 2011 film A Separation – fear of the intersection between private and public lives, the complex power dynamics of a marriage – with breathless suspense and a delicate humanity that has come to define his work. Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, The Salesman is a morally-complex, emotionally-fraught, exquisitely-directed domestic drama that, like the Arthur Miller classic it so brilliantly echoes, offers viewers a stunning look at human fragility and resilience. (Dir. by Asghar Farhadi, 2016, Iran/France, in Persian with English subtitles, 125 mins., Rated PG-13)