With ‘The Salesman’, Iran’s Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi offers once again a multi-layered masterwork of neorealism.
Emad and Rana are a happily married couple who live in Tehran. They are members of an amateur theatre group that’s putting on a production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death Of A Salesman’. After they are forced to leave their flat which is crumbling down and move into a new place, Rana is the victim of a violent attack. It turns out the flat’s former occupant was a prostitute and the attacker was probably one of her clients. Emad sets out to find him.
‘The Salesman’ is not just a drama but a meditation on the condition of women and the place of tradition in modern-day Iran. Rana decides not to go to the police – a decision clearly influenced by her and Emad’s fear of what others might think.