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The Salesman (2016)

Forushande (original title)
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.

Director:

Asghar Farhadi

Writer:

Asghar Farhadi
Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shahab Hosseini ... Emad Etesami
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Rana Etesami
Babak Karimi ... Babak
Mina Sadati ... Sanam
Farid Sajjadi Hosseini Farid Sajjadi Hosseini ... The man
Emad Emami Emad Emami ... Ali
Sahra Asadollahe Sahra Asadollahe ... Mojgan
Shirin Aghakashi Shirin Aghakashi ... Esmat
Mehdi Koushki Mehdi Koushki ... Siavash
Mojtaba Pirzadeh Mojtaba Pirzadeh ... Majid
Maral Bani Adam Maral Bani Adam ... Kati
Ehteram Boroumand Ehteram Boroumand ... Mrs. Shahnazari
Sam Valipour Sam Valipour ... Sadra
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

31 August 2016 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

The Salesman See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,078, 29 January 2017

Gross USA:

$2,402,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,953,604
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Asghar Farhadi's third Golden Globe nomination is Iran's third nomination for a Golden Globe too. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, people are leaving the apartment building because it is dangerous and there is a risk of collapsing. But the following days they can easily enter the building and there is no police/municipality line tape in front of the building to prevent people from entering the dangerous area. See more »

Quotes

Emad: What are they doing with this city? I wish I could bring a loader and ruin all of it.
Babak: They ruined this city once ,they built it again and now this is it.
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Connections

References Babel (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

End Credits Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Sattar Oraki
Performed by Ali Baghfar and Payam Eghdami
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A True Gem
24 October 2016 | by necid-70967See all my reviews

Masterfully shot in Teheran, the film follows the ill fortunes of a theatrical married couple who, while rehearsing Miller's play Death of a Salesman, find themselves having to abandon their crumbling apartment and to seek alternative accommodation. The film is openly an allegory about social, urban and marital decay. But way beyond it, it is about the costs of masculine pride. By far more than a very good 'Iranian film', this is a superb statement about the unbearable consequences of trying to live up to codes of honour that centre on the female body. In my opinion, actress Taraneh Alidoosti is the hero of the film, both in her performance and in the role she occupies in the script. In contrast to appearances, she is the mover of everything that takes place in this fantastic film. A cinematic poem and a masterpiece in unfolding the twists of human psychology.


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