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The Salesman

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Iran, 2016

HOME, 23 March 2017

The Salesman

This film shows us a marriage, Iranian society, indeed a whole world seen through the prism of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

A woman is assaulted and perhaps raped. She refuses to go to the police: because of dread at the thought of recounting the experience, of being disbelieved, plain fear. Her husband, wanting justice or some form of retribution, tries to track down the offender. And there is a bruising confrontation.

That in broad outline is Asghar Farhadi’s richly textured, subtly nuanced, utterly absorbing film. It has many fine performances, particularly from Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti (the husband and wife) and  Farid Sajjadi Hosseini (who plays the offender).

A very fine film.