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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.

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Asghar Farhadi

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Asghar Farhadi
Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

El viajante 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:

$2,216,318
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anoshe Ansari who received the Oscar on behalf of Asghar Farhadi is the first Iranian woman astronaut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sadra: If my dad came ,say sadra isn't here.
Rana Etesami: Why?
Sadra: Because I like my mom.
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Connections

References Shame (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Theatre Scene - Flute
(uncredited)
Written by Sattar Oraki
Performed by Zoya Afsari and Hana Kamkar
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Gradually
5 September 2016 | by mhm_1371See all my reviews

Gradually (highly recommended to read these two plays before watching this movie 1.Cow by Gholam Hossein Saedi and 2.Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller) The salesman is really breathtaking and it has all the familiar factor of Farhadi's movies with a big difference that there is not any sign of those open ends anymore and you associate with the main character of movie more than any time. The story is about a young couple (Emad and Rana) who are performing at Arthur Miller's play Death of a salesman. They have to move to another apartment because their apartment is going to collapse. This moving cause a serious issue in their life because of the old tenant. In the beginning of the film when Emad_ with brilliant performance by Shahab Hosseini_ and his students was reading Saedi's play Cow, one of his student asked him "Sir,How does a man become cow?" Emad answered: "gradually". This question and Emad's answer are the main theme of this movie. Farhadi has used some part of the play Death of a Salesman in his movie masterfully and he has chosen Emad for the Willy's role in order to show and emphasize how Emad gradually got far away from his family or even his wife just like willy. The last twenty minutes of film are really breathtaking and the spectators associate with Emad more than anytime and I think they regularly ask themselves "if I were him, what would I do?" The salesman is a story about revenge or with accurate express is a story about the motivation of revenge. This story like another Fahadi's movies occurs in a family and effects family members. After A separation and now with the salesman Farhadi can be considered as a great master in directing suspenseful family drama like Hitchcock.


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