The Salesman (Forushande) Reviews

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April 6, 2017
It's a challenging watch, but also a thrilling whodunnit, and a gut wrenching fable, albeit without a clear lesson.
April 4, 2017
Farhadi's love of theatre is evident in his stage-bound direction, which is chock-a-block with contrivances. For a purported revenge thriller, there is precious little tension. The tale quickly devolves into a mushy melodrama.
April 3, 2017
Farhadi's films are suffused with an oppressive atmosphere, and there is something increasingly formulaic in his storytelling.
March 24, 2017
The Salesman is better when it more glancingly catches its characters on the wing, encompassing and admitting to a range of emotions that defy neat analysis, the intruder's most significantly of all.
March 23, 2017
Ultimately, The Salesman is an intelligent and well-balanced film that, much like its characters, has a lot more going on than is apparent on the surface.
March 20, 2017
A wonderfully powerful study of complex human emotion.
March 20, 2017
While The Salesman is not quite as good as [Farhadi's] other Oscar-winner, A Separation, it's a very strong piece of work.
March 20, 2017
Farhadi is a master of observing just how the bonds of matrimony can unravel, but seven films in there's no avoiding the feeling that you've seen some of it before.
March 19, 2017
There is perhaps no director more adept at capturing the unfolding stories of ordinary people when the drama of their lives runs away with them.
March 17, 2017
It is drier than either of these predecessors... But this remains the work of a singular storyteller who conducts actors and coaxes narrative arcs as well as any living director.
March 17, 2017
It's a story of normal people whose everyday life takes a turn that pushes them to the breaking point, and as it unfolds the film explores issues of morality and forgiveness in ways that are unpredictable and riveting.
March 17, 2017
[A] quietly provocative drama.
March 17, 2017
Against a backdrop of frustrated creativity and censorship, Farhadi explores the relationship between art and life.
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 16, 2017
The Salesman is an atmospheric, perfectly judged examination of paranoia, powerlessness and fractured relationships.
March 16, 2017
Sparse and intricate, it's a study of judgement, of 'honour', of Emad's own fragile masculinity; one paralleled cleverly by his role in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
March 16, 2017
Though some of the plotting feels a little contrived, there's a formal elegance to the way Farhadi presents all this ensuring it's never less than absorbing.
March 16, 2017
Farhadi's deeply humane work will make you think about the easy trap that is revenge and the wiser course that may involve forgiveness.
March 16, 2017
The ending is brave and interesting. Before that, the subtleties of relationship breakdown are finely charted. But elsewhere there is too much gauche alternation between symbolic parallelisms ...
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