The Salesman (2016)

By Livia Peterson

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” received the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. Nonetheless, Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” actually deserved the award.
 
Rana and Emad Etesami (the restrained yet nuanced Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini) depict Linda and Willy Loman, respectively in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” via the stage. The duo is involved with the antecdent tenant’s business following Ms. Etesami's encounter with the aforementioned resident.  
 
The story within the story is the devil during this instance. The complex yet understated character study depends on foreshadowing and apprehension – sometimes thrives due to the incredible performances and otherwise, miserably fails due to Farhadi's isolated direction. Whereas Ms. Etesami is vulnerable and easy to resonate with, Mr. Etesami is the jerk – extremely protective and demands revenge.
 
“The Salesman” is easy to admire, difficult to love and ultimately, just tolerable – nothing less and nothing more. B

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