The Salesman

The Salesman(PG)

20th Sept 2018
Asghar Farhari - 2016 125 mins
Language Farsi

While both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator, despite his wife’s traumatized objections.

Score: 83.06%

Some members' comments:

Sombre, thought provoking, mounting tension. What an emotionally exhausting film, brilliant acting and very tight suspense. The effect of the final slap on the wife’s abuser sent again the cycle of revenge and not peace into orbit. What an astonishing film. I do like a happy ending! I assume the crumbling apartment was a portent of their failing marriage. I’d have cut the length of the revenge scene. But for poor Rana, everyone got what they deserved. Superb acting and sets. Farhadi – riveting and brilliantly done. Tension throughout. A+ Excellent, as expected. Gripping drama – basis in reality for many women. Never upset a teacher. A gripping roller coaster of emotions – riveting to the end. Brilliant. Well worth the wait to see this. So Direction, screenplay, camera work …. Tremendous. Excellent acting but a bit of the slow side. Why can’t our (?...) simply do as they are told. A bit long. Women’s rights even in Iran!! Denouement very well directed. Slow really ponderous but became gripping in the end. Revenge is never sweet! Potentially a good tale but just too slow to really get the pulse racing. Well acted. A very sad film but gripping throughout. Well acted. Uncomfortable throughout, as intended. Nice messy ending. Liked the links to the Arthur Miller play – insight into their lives was interesting – good film generally. Not well developed characters – too long – unremittingly gloomy. What was the link with the play? Well directed, built suspense effectively. I found I wasn’t too invested in the characters. A bit long winded.