The Salesman (Forushande) (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.
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One of the reasons The Salesman crackles is because Hosseini gives such a remarkable performance.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Salesman (Forushande)
No one makes a character study like Farhadi. The incorporation of "Death of a Salesman" here is brilliant, with the plot perfectly mirroring that play's examination of male hubris and humiliation while never appearing heavy handed.
Those acquainted with Farhadi's works can easily see what he is trying to say about the complexity of situations and people's actions, although he is not that successful this time, with the film being too heavy-handed in the way it wants us to sympathize with an aggressor.
Superbly acted. I can see why this got an Oscar. That is backed up by an interesting story too, which is powerful, and focuses on the effects of post trauma and getting revenge for those you love.
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