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The Salesman (Forushande) (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.

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Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

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Ehteram Boroumand
as Mrs. Shahnazari
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Critic Reviews for The Salesman (Forushande)

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[A] quietly provocative drama.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's wellacted and full of low-key pain and humour (you would expect nothing less from the man behind A Separation, one of the most excruciatingly humane and nuanced films of the decade).

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Salesman shows Farhadi's ideas are in danger of becoming mannerisms, though it is a potent, disquieting piece of work.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The ending is brave and interesting. Before that, the subtleties of relationship breakdown are finely charted. But elsewhere there is too much gauche alternation between symbolic parallelisms ...

March 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Feelgood is a word unlikely ever to find its way into Farhadi's vocabulary. But he does know a lot about truth and consequences and how to apply them to the anatomy of a marriage.

March 15, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

In Farhadi's universe, ambiguity reigns.

March 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Salesman (Forushande)


No one makes a character study like Farhadi. The incorporation of "Death of a Salesman" here is brilliant, with the plot perfectly mirroring that play's examination of male hubris and humiliation while never appearing heavy handed.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Those acquainted with Farhadi's works can easily see what he is trying to say about the complexity of situations and people's actions, although he is not that successful this time, with the film being too heavy-handed in the way it wants us to sympathize with an aggressor.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Superbly acted. I can see why this got an Oscar. That is backed up by an interesting story too, which is powerful, and focuses on the effects of post trauma and getting revenge for those you love.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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