Movie review: A 'Salesman' that demands attention
When you blend the 20th century's finest playwright, Arthur Miller, with perhaps this century's finest filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, you can expect something close to soul-shattering. And that's "The Salesman." It's set in modern-day Tehran, but Farhadi's Oscar-nominated tale of self-loathing and vengeance is timeless in its debunking of the male myth. In exploring the prevalence of machismo in an Islamic nation where women rank only slightly above chattel, Farhadi deftly plays off Miller's masterful "Death of a Salesman" in depicting a husband consumed by a caveman mentality. His name is Emad (Shahab Hosseini), an amateur actor who discovers his life has been an act after his beautiful wife and co-star, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), is sexually assaulted. Rather than attending to her immediate need for love and understanding, Emad instead becomes obsessed with righting a wrong -- not for Rana -- but himself. In his mind, revenge is necessitated because you attacked my property, in my home, and by God, you're not going to get away with it.
Feb 8, 2017 2:24 PM