The Salesman
aka Forushande
First screened in October 2016 / Most recently screened in May 2017
Director: Asghar Farhadi. Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Shirin Aghakashi, Mina Sadati, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Sam Valipour, Emad Emami, Mehdi Koushki, Alireza Rofougaran. Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi (inspired by if not based on the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller).

Twitter Capsule: Complex story about sexual assault and mercenary prosecution is also a deft meditation on identity as a performance.

VOR:   Rewatching and teaching the film have only further revealed its nuances. Rich in characterization and in lightly-worn density of themes.

Photo © 2016 Arte France Cinéma/Farhadi Film Productions/
Memento Films Production, © 2017 Amazon Studios/Cohen Media Group

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Hosseini); Best Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film

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