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The Salesman

  • Starring: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati
  • Director: Asghar Farhadi
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Language: Persian
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 125 min.

After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.

"Brooding, revelatory ..."
- Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Using handheld camera and a minimum of dialogue and music, Farhadi turns the mundane into the momentous."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Farhadi remains a master not just of narrative but of empathy. He's a war correspondent constantly shifting perspective in clandestine battles."
- Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"Fresh off its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language film, Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from Iran. You are in the hands of a major film artist."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Asghar Farhadi, the writer and director, builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Farhadi's deliberate, dialogue-heavy drama allows for incredible work by his cast, particularly his two leads."
- Brian Tallerico,
"The film offers insights into Iranian society while also subtly making a case that human foibles are universal. "
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"With The Salesman, Farhadi opens a window into his own society that offers a universal view of the emotional rivalries within the human heart. Neither America nor Iran could ask any more of an artist. "
- Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"By the film’s shattering end, you’ll feel the spirit of Arthur Miller, one of the great dramatists of the 20th century, reaching across the transom to touch one of the great dramatists of the 21st. "
- Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
"His new film, in Persian with English subtitles, is of a piece with his best work — tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Asghar Farhadi's film yields a tonal and emotional friction that's simultaneously tragic, transcendent, and comic. "
- Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine