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The Salesman

Studio: Cohen Media Group
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Jan 27, 2017 Issue # 59 - 15th Anniversary
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Emad and Rana are a young couple living in Tehran and acting opposite each other in a community theater production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. When circumstances force them to hastily move into a new apartment, a chance encounter with a client of the previous tenant sets off a chain of events that threaten to destroy their marriage and their work.

The Salesman is very much of a piece with writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Academy Award-winning masterpiece, A Separation. Both films deal with the wide-ranging repercussions that tragedy can have on the lives of everyday people. While The Salesman forgoes the expansive, knotty moral tapestry of A Separation for a simpler narrative, it maintains the same sharp focus on the complexities of human interaction and moral dilemmas. Farhadi constructs a premise that, in lesser hands, could make for a cheap thriller and transforms it into a drama that will keep viewers’ sympathies shifting until the final moments.

Author rating: 7.5/10

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Average reader rating: 9/10


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