WINNER: OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE, ACADEMY AWARDS 2017
WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY & BEST ACTOR, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM, MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL 2016
WINNER: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW USA 2016
When their Tehran flat is badly damaged, Emad and Rana, a young married couple starring in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman, are forced to move into a new flat, until recently occupied by a mysterious young woman.
When Rana is violently assaulted in the flat, a rift opens between the couple that will push their marriage to its limits, as Rana seeks solitude and Emad seeks revenge.
Drawing parallels between post-war New York and contemporary Tehran, The Salesman is a powerful social critique that touches on family, gender, and the chilling psychology of vengeance.
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Director: Asghar Farhadi
Language: Persian (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 124 min
Rating: M (Mature Themes)
“★★★★ A film director of such consistent quality and control...A rich and complex take on guilt and anger.”
- John Bleasdale, Cine-Vue
“★★★★ Compelling...Mounts serious reflections on guilt and shame, trust and forgiveness.”
- David Sexton, Evening Standard
“Saturated with emotional intrigue...Almost metaphysical in its complexity...Tense and devastating.”
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Leaves the viewer tense and breathless...Farhadi's work has revolutionized Irainian cinema.”
- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“About a splinter that opens a chasm in a marriage, that in turn exposes a gulf in Iranian society.”
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist