Mar. 9: Forushande / The Salesman

Thursday Mar. 9 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Iran/France 2016
Persian with English subtitles / 125 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody
image)

After an unfriendly visit leads to an eruption of violence, things turn strange and tense between a husband and wife. Feeling vengeful and confused, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) plays detective, while rattled Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) gives him mysteriously mixed signals. Meanwhile, the two are performing in an amateur production of Death of a Salesman, and their onstage roles begin to resonate with their fractured lives in beguiling ways. Farhadi’s control is evident as he draws us in, turns the screws, and leaves us breathless in this work of slow-burning suspense.

Hosseini and Alidoosti are superb, with rich internal lives that give depth to their characters’ actions – and these characters are indeed active. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle 

Using handheld camera and a minimum of dialogue and music, Farhadi turns the mundane into the momentous. Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It’s clear by now the Iranian director is something of a master, from whom every narrative filmmaker should take a crash course in complex and resonant storytelling. Michael Atkinson, In These Times