Writer/Producer/Director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is a poignant and thought-provoking film about the impulses to revenge and forgiveness counterpointed with Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which is being performed by the lead actors Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini and their theatrical company.
Forced to move because nearby construction weakens their apartment building, Rana (Taraneh) and Emad (Shahab) move into an apartment owned by their company manager (Babak Karimi).
Unfortunately, the previous tenant, who had a dubious reputation, has not moved her belongings and a former client of hers, not knowing she has moved, comes into the apartment and violates Rana.
How she and Emad deal with this violation in their search for the perpetrator provokes issues of honor and punishment.
The film is beautifully constructed with a strong script and excellent performances by everyone in the cast and is well deserving of its Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture.
I give The Salesman a 4.7 out of 5.