The Salesman

The Salesman

(The Salesman is in Persian with English subtitles)

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant.

The Salesman is directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

Running Time
125 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Globe and Mail/Kate Taylor
It is a work entirely worthy of any prize anyone chooses to bestow on it, a compassionate and intelligent thing that should linger long after the 24-hour news cycle is over or the political flavour of the month goes stale.

Washington Post/Ann Hornaday
In the film's stunning third act ... Farhadi's occasionally shaky parallels between art and life are distilled into a brilliantly staged, searingly confrontational chamber piece.

In These Times/Michael Atkinson
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.

Rolling Stone/Peter Travers
Fresh off its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language film, Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from Iran. You are in the hands of a major film artist.

New York Times/A.O. Scott
With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Asghar Farhadi, the writer and director, builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas.

Wall Street Journal/Joe Morgenstern
Tightly focused, rather than broad-gauge brilliant, and another instance of this superb filmmaker turning elusive motivations and the mysteries of personality into gripping drama.


Academy Awards Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes International Film Festival Winner: Best Actor, won Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi)

Munich Film Festival Winner: Best International Film

National Board Review of USA Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Satellite Awards Winner: Best International Film

World Cinema Amsterdam Winner: Audience Award

Related Links

Internet Movie Database
Rotten Tomatoes
Interview with director Asghar Farhadi