The Salesman (2016) is a 2016 Iranian-French drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was included in the In Competition section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Shahab Hosseini won the award for Best Actor and Asghar Farhadi won the award for Best Screenplay. In September 2016 film was selected as the Iranian submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place in 2017, and in December 2016 it made the shortlist of nine films which will be considered for a nomination in that category.
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release: France 21 May 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere) – Bulgaria 29 September 2017
The Salesman (2016) Storyline
Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having many clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Ranaa is alone at home taking a bath and the aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down.
The Salesman (2016) Review
The Salesman is Asghar Farhadi’s 7th Feature film and the 4th in which he reunites with Taraneh Alidoosti.
The film centers around a married couple who are in middle of preparation for their adaptation of Death of a Salesman for stage. The film begins with this couple having to evacuate their apartment due to excavations happening next door. They’re forced to look for a new apartment and they managed to do so through their friend played by Babak Karimi…and that’s all you need to know about the plot because I feel like giving away more would diminish what this film is trying to achieve.
I feel like The Salesman follows a similar formula to About Elly . It’s expertly written and it managed to hook me from the very first scene all the way to the last. The viewer is not presented with the central issue of the film from the get-go (unlike a Separation), but rather the film follows normal day-to-day life of the characters and that creates a sense of anticipation in the viewer. That feeling of anticipation in About Elly made it so special for me and Farhadi follows the same formula here again.
I was never a huge fan of A Separation and I’ve always considered the massively underrated About Elly as Farhadi’s best film , but If you’ve seen and enjoyed either of those films, then The Salesman is for you.
This is probably the most mature and well crafted Film from Farhadi so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.
Oh and It’s probably worth noting that the film received a standing ovation at my theater.
The Salesman (2016) Trailer