Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Salesman (فروشنده) (2016)

Director: Asghar Farhadi. Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi. 125 min. Iran/France. Drama.

Opening with the metaphorical cracking of a young couple's apartment walls, we watch as their marriage unravels following the invasion of an intruder, and witness the extremes seemingly innocent people are capable of. Farhadi's new tale of ethical dilemmas, told in parallel to its characters' acting of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman " on stage, has an insidiously slow start, but reaches a breathtaking final half-hour that makes the viewer much more uncomfortable and self-aware than his masterpiece, A Separation. You're left with the troubling question: What would I do if I was there? Farhadi has done it again.

PS: Afshin, Arshia, Azita, Farzaneh, Hooman, Majid and Shahram, ... what a memorable night.

Mo says:


  1. Why is the movie named "The Salesman" and not "The Saleswoman"!? This reminds me the old persian trick of "Was Leyli a man or woman!?"
    Mohsen jan! Thank you for being here and thank you for gathering us for a memorable night.

    1. I believe the movie's title refers to the male protagonist rather than the female. But what was he selling? Don't ask me! :-D

      Afshin jaan, the pleasure was definitely mine. Thank you for the kindness.