The Salesman (Forushande) Reviews

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September 12, 2017
In its oddly quiet and deliberate way, it's a thrilling film to watch.
March 17, 2017
[A] quietly provocative drama.
March 17, 2017
It's wellacted and full of low-key pain and humour (you would expect nothing less from the man behind A Separation, one of the most excruciatingly humane and nuanced films of the decade).
March 17, 2017
The Salesman shows Farhadi's ideas are in danger of becoming mannerisms, though it is a potent, disquieting piece of work.
March 15, 2017
Feelgood is a word unlikely ever to find its way into Farhadi's vocabulary. But he does know a lot about truth and consequences and how to apply them to the anatomy of a marriage.
March 15, 2017
A thought-provoking relationship drama that lingers long after the credits roll.
March 13, 2017
Charged, intelligent but not entirely satisfying.
March 9, 2017
One of the strengths of Farhadi's scripts is that we never know where he's heading; we do know he'll take us a long way. That is so rare. It gives his films great tension and dimension.
March 3, 2017
One of the reasons The Salesman crackles is because Hosseini gives such a remarkable performance.
March 3, 2017
The film is beautifully acted by Shahab Hosseini, who makes Emad a knight with a control freak inside, and Taraneh Alidootsi, who suggests a woeful Iranian version of Marion Cotillard. But the great performance here is that of Babak Karimi.
March 3, 2017
The gears in The Salesman are not so hidden and a sense of contrived drama leads to some tedious sections. But all is forgiven when the final punches are delivered in a knock-out finale that leaves the viewer tense and breathless.
February 16, 2017
For two-thirds of its running time, attention must be paid to an exquisitely realized suspense-thriller. It isn't until Farhadi borrows a calculable cup of revenge from the Death Wish cookbook that his soufflé begins to flatten.
February 9, 2017
A typically wrenching film for Farhadi, one that morphs from a quiet family drama to a tale of revenge, and is all the more impressive for how seamlessly it executes that shift.
February 9, 2017
Hosseini is impressive as a man who feels compelled to take action, regardless of the ramifications. And Alidoosti persuasively embodies Rana's pain.
February 9, 2017
"The Salesman" isn't as impressive as "A Separation," but it's still a powerful expression of lives, and dreams, interrupted.
February 9, 2017
"The Salesman" warns of the dangers of plastering over fissures so deep that they will eventually - inevitably - give way.
February 9, 2017
Brooding, revelatory ...
February 8, 2017
An exquisite, closely studied moral fable about our tendency to confuse love with ownership and our willingness in the face of felt humiliation to disavow empathy, understanding, and concern for our neighbor.
February 3, 2017
It is a work entirely worthy of any prize anyone chooses to bestow on it, a compassionate and intelligent thing that should linger long after the 24-hour news cycle is over or the political flavour of the month goes stale.
February 2, 2017
"The Salesman" doesn't shy away from showing its male protagonist as a righteous, misguided man. But he's still human. Everyone is in this picture, and in Farhadi's illusion-free worldview.
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