Asghar Farhadi's ('A Separation') second Oscar win 'The Salesman' is a characteristically taut drama exploring how unexpected cracks can form in the foundations of a seemingly happy marriage.
The future looks promising for amateur actors Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) as they prepare for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. However, when dangerous work on a neighbouring building forces the couple to leave their home and move into a new apartment, a case of mistaken identity sees a shocking and violent incident throw their lives into turmoil. What follows is a series of wrong turns that threaten to destroy their relationship irreparably.
Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s study on censorship, ego and hypocrisy treads the line between arresting drama and revenge thriller with masterful ease.
★★★★ “Compelling” – David Sexton, Evening Standard
★★★★ “Quietly provocative” – Ed Potton, The Times
★★★★ "Makes the domestic feel epic" – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
★★★★ "Farhadi . . . has an unparalleled gift for pacing, snaring us with well-timed reveals that subtly shift the story on its axis" – Wendy Ide, The Observer
★★★★ “A thought-provoking relationship drama that lingers long after the credits roll” – Mallory Andrews, Little White Lies