The Salesman

Genre:  Drama, Thriller | Running Time:  125 min.
In theatres: February 3, 2017 - Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver

Current rating: Rating: 4.73
based on 26 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati, Maral Bani Adam, Mehdi Kooshki, Emad Emami, Shirin Aghakashi, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Sahra Asadollahe, Ehteram Borourmand, Sam Valipour

Synopsis

An Iranian couple, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), are forced to move to a new apartment in Tehran when the building they were living in collapses.

The new apartment is spacious and better than they'd hoped for, but there's one drawback. The former tenant, a woman, left half her belongings in the apartment, but the landlord assures them she'll come for them up soon. One night when Emad is out, a man enters their home and attacks Rana. Emad comes home and finds bloody footprints leading out of their home. Rana, who was in the shower when the intruder showed up, was struck on the head. She's taken to the hospital and gets stitches, but won't let Emad report the attack to the police.

As they try to cope with the aftermath of the attack, Emad becomes obsessed with the identity of the intruder in order to exact revenge.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi
Official Site: http://thesalesmanfilm.com

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  • 4 stars "Excellent Iranian film about a man who seeks revenge for an attack on his wife. Expert direction by Farhadi. It is easy to why this film earned an Academy Awards nomination. It is thorughly engrossing and keeps you guessing right up to the end. This is a must see!"
  • 4 stars "The is a very rewarding film for its great length. Director Farhadi has been over some of the material before: the struggle of Iranian women to be completely free of patriarchy, love, anger, denial as a way of life and isolation. Neighbours so distrustful that they do not share information or support others because it will taint them by extension. And the most understated, intricate and surprising thriller. Nominated for best foreign language film, Farhadi and his great cast have been rewarded with a free public screening in Trafalgar Sq London, on Oscar night, both for the quality of the film and to draw attention to Trumps's shameful policy."
  • 5 stars "It is a very smart thriller. Every scene has hints and meanings behind of it. Really loved it."