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Forushande (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 31 August 2016 (Iran)
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While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.



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Mina Sadati ...
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Maral Bani Adam ...
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Sam Valipour ...
Emad Emami ...
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Ehteram Boroumand ...
Mrs. Shahnazari
Sahra Asadollahe ...


Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having many clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Ranaa is alone at home taking a bath and the aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down. Written by Hossein sr

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image | See all certifications »






Release Date:

31 August 2016 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

The Salesman  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$71,078 (USA) (27 January 2017)


$3,402,067 (USA) (14 April 2017)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie broke the opening weekend box office record in Iran. See more »


The "Skammen" poster changes between shots several times. When Emad returns to his apartment, the poster is fully visible. A few scenes later when his wife goes to the room, a yellow poster covers the poster only making the letters "Ska" to appear. A third future shot reveals only an "S" behind the yellow poster. See more »


Emad: So, there's my wife. You'll still insist you didn't go in the bathroom?
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References Uzak (2002) See more »


Written by Ali Azimi
Performed by Ali Azimi
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-How do people turn to cows? -When they forget who they really are!
30 October 2016 | by (Tehran,Iran) – See all my reviews

There is no one to be judged except us, who are now watching the movie in around the world and in different countries with different cultures. As you see, no wall is being seen between the rooms in the "Death of a salesman" play by Arthur Miller. The director, clearly states how good it would be, if you try thinking about the least s in your life as it's the reason of most of the problems you may be encountered with. You as the watcher feel no wall around the personal life of Rana and Emad as there is no in Arthur Miller's, "Death of a salesman". Even the camera tries to convince you how to find your way, while in most of the vital situations of the movie, it makes you to think by take a look at those Hitchcock's brilliantly used elements in a form of close up. Like Farhadi's previous movies we are going to see vast of classes in a society; How they act when they face with a problem and how good or bad they are at understanding the situation. The movie starts with a medium close up of Linda and Willy Luman's bed, continues through the first scene which is the problem they have with their flat and ends up with another close up of those meaningful cracks on the window and the bulldozer which ruins the house next door in order to make a new one. Farhadi considers the flat as the society, cracks as a result of forgetting morality and bulldozer as a symbol of forgetting plumbs. Rana feels no love for Emad and so does Emad. We understand this when we see their bed, the way they act, the way Emad most of the times argues with Rana and etc. Even when Rana prepares their bed before taking a shower, the way she throws Emad's pillow on the bed, proves this. They want to give their relation another chance by having a baby as it seems from Emad's joke while he is talking to Babak on their first visit of their new place. However, in the dinner scene, Sadra, who is a 4 or 5-year-old boy, shows that having a baby is not a key to their success in saving their relation while, Emad even forget to consider her wife's feelings and doesn't consider her kind behavior and efforts on preparing such a simple but lovely supper and just follow on his own traditional thoughts in regard to the problem they both are challenging with. Farhadi shows how bad it would be to judge someone without experiencing the situation the people are in by showing the scene in which Emad is checking Ahoo's answering machine, reaches to the Ahoo's daughter's message which shows how responsible her mom is and what a beautiful love is among them just like a normal mom and daughter in a normal family or by showing the child painting on the wall, shows a daughter with two moms on her right side, proves she likes her mom who has just become a slut because of her terrible situation. After the rape scene, Rana has become depressed not because of that event but because of this fact that she chooses to have her husband's attention by misusing her condition. Emad also has started a journey to corruption while he chooses revenge as a way to show her wife that he is still in love with her. He forgets everything and doesn't consider that he has gradually turned to a cow just to save his wife. In Saedi's story which we see during the high school scene we have the same segment in which the farmer has turned to a cow just because of the love he feels toward his cow. Emad misuses of his situation and ruins his life while, Rana acts like a bulldozer and ruins their love by her misunderstanding from the word, Love. Willy has also done the same thing with his child, Biff while, he tells him lie, forget morality and sticks on finding another way to solve the problem rather than telling him the truth about his unlawful relation with that slut in his room's bathroom. The movie reminds us forgetting morality is the worst possible thing when it shows an old experienced man who has done such a bizarre act with Rana. You may ask yourself how it could be possible for an old man like him to do something like that and escape that fast but in my opinion it was a taunt by Farhadi shows even Rana and Emads' neighbors have forgotten their ethics while they didn't help Rana in time and by telling lies to Emad want to define themselves as heroes. Those bloody footprints close to each other, proves my word that the intruder had the required time to escape and no one had even tried to block him on his way. The neighbors by not doing their responsibility toward Rana and Emad even made the situation worse. They also have forgotten their morality. Farhadi reminds us how bad it would be if we forget morality, start judging others and forget ourselves. "The Salesman", proves that we all may gradually turn to cows if we forget who we really are!

Faithfully yours,

Amin Ghanbari

October 30, 2016

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