|THE SALESMAN (FORUSHANDE) (director/writer: Asghar Farhadi; cinematographer: Hossein Jafarian; editor: Hayedeh Safiyari; music: Sattar Oraki; cast: Shahab Hossein (Emad), Taraneh Alidoosti (Rana), Babak Karimi (Babak), Farid Sajjadihosseini (The Man), Mina Sadati (Sanam), Maral Bani Adam (Kati), Mehdi Kooshki (Siavash), Emad Emami (Ali), Shirin Aghakashi (Esmat), Mojtaba Pirzadeh (Majid), Sahra Asadollahe (Mojgan), Ehteram Boroumand (Mrs. Shahnazari), Sam Valipour (Sadra); Runtime: 125; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi; Arte France Cinéma; 2016)|
drama about the human condition in modern
by Dennis Schwartz
The gist of the film is about a stranger, a client of the former tenant, attacking Rana while she is showering and leaving her traumatized and bleeding from head wounds. Rana is unable to perform and unwilling to go to the police, so the revenge seeking Esmad, a popular high school teacher by day, on his own seeks revenge on the attacker when he locates his pick-up truck near his apartment.
Farhadi explores the psychology of vengeance and how a marriage can become strained when the couple is taken out of their comfort zone. In particular it gives us some notions how a modern couple in Tehran might face a life crisis. The film's flaw is that Farhadi exposes only simplistic truths, failing to explore the shaken woman's inner feelings with any depth.
REVIEWED ON 11/26/2016 GRADE: B
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