The Salesman (Forushande)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France-Iran 2016 125 mins. (12A)
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Asghar Farhadi; Winner Best Foreign Language Film 2017 Oscars
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Forced to leave their apartment due to dangerous work on a neighbour's building, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) a well respected teacher and Rani (Taraneh Alidoosti) take up a friend's offer of a new flat in central Tehran. Rani looks after the home and there are hints that they may start a family and they're busy with rehearsals for Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman,' Emad playing Willy Loman and Rana his wife Linda.
And then an intruder enters their home and there's a sexual assault. Neighbours say that the previous occupant had been 'promiscuous.'
Emad, confused and shamed is tempted to seek revenge as the film edges to a riveting final confrontation. No guns, no knives. Emad's weapon is the threat of a phone call.
Willy Loman's ghost hovers - what sort of man can't protect his wife.
Suspenseful with Hitchcock touches and terrific performances, 'The Salesman' won the Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhardi) and Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini) awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars. I revisted 'About Elly' (2009) 'A Separation' (2011) and 'The Past' (2013) - masterful cinema.