Forushande

Forushande

[The salesman]

DVD - 2017 | Persian
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The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
ISBN: 9786316865731
6316865732
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
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video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Salesman

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Nursebob
Apr 20, 2019

Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winner is sure to disappoint those looking for a straightforward vigilante thriller for lead actor Shahab Hosseini’s character bears no resemblance to Charles Bronson’s righteous urban crime fighter. Opting for low-keyed performances and a discomfiting metaphor or two he instead explores the deleterious effects of male machismo and, by extension, the rigid social order inherent in any patriarchal society. That backhoe we see resolutely chipping away at an apartment building’s foundation during the film’s opening scenes resonates throughout the film as Emad’s jealousy and indignation (Rana’s assault was, after all, a reflection on him) cause him to ignore her pleas and bypass the police in his singleminded quest for revenge. “How does one become a cow?” asks one of his students while studying a particularly esoteric passage (he teaches officially approved literature when he and his wife are not acting), “Gradually…” is his response and the director pauses to let the import of that sink in. The fact that Emad and Rana are currently starring in a heavily censored stage production of Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" almost seems superfluous until the film’s climax—a volatile three-way confrontation weighted with sad ironies aimed at class and gender expectations. A film about violence and its aftermath for sure, and a sardonic critique of Iranian society for those willing to look beyond the scripted words. But "The Salesman" is also an admonition against a mindset which continues to violate one woman long after her stitches have been removed. It would appear that the spirit of Willy Loman is equally at home in the streets of Tehran.

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1emma24
Jan 10, 2019

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mona_madani1359
Sep 28, 2018

That was great. I admire act of Shahab Hosseini. The story was soooo attractive and its director did his the best!

lotuslori_8 Aug 27, 2018

A very thought provoking film. The parallel with Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and the movie, is not the storyline, but about the feelings of humiliations the characters of both the play and the movie experience and how they deal with it.

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Vivica
Aug 04, 2018

Very well acted...no sympathetic characters - so for me...it wasn't an enjoyable watch.

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MGallagher
Mar 03, 2018

This is the first Iranian film that I watch and it is excellent. Wonderful and very realistic actors.

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empbee
Nov 19, 2017

Good movie about male dominance, pride, aggression, wrapped around the Arthur Miller play and its two main characters. Well acted.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 08, 2017

Having heard that the newest Asghar Farhadi film, "The Salesman," was based on actors playing in Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman," I proceeded to view a filmed version of that play starring J. Lee Cobb (and a bit of the version starring Dustin Hoffman) since I have not viewed either for a long, long time. In my research of the Arthur Miller play, I found a poll of over 100 critics that suggested that it is the best American play that has ever been written. I am glad because (1) I now understand the Miller play a lot better than before and (2) there was less confusion on my part as to whether the Farhadi actors were acting in the film or were acting in the play. Also, watching the Farhadi supplement helped me to understand the motivation of Farhadi.

ArapahoeAlison Jun 23, 2017

Amazing story showing the complexity and subjective reality of a tragedy.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

Early in the film, the protagonist Emad was shown to be a married without kids school teacher whose apartment building was structurally damaged, inferred to be caused by adjacent construction activities. After moved into temporary housing, his wife Rana was assaulted by an unseen intruder. Decided against to involve the police, Emad began his mission to find the perpetrator for revenge. Through the crime and its effect on the characters, viewers gained many interesting social and political aspects of the middle class in contemporary Iran. Liked the movie more as a crime thriller, the Tehran scenes, the uneasy social commentary on prostitution, police relationship, education, shame and everyday humiliation.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

Would you mind not spreading out? Can I switch places with the young man?
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Can I speak to you, sir?
-Sure.
I was very upset the other day.
-What day?
The day that woman accused you in the taxi.
-She accused me?
She wanted to switch places with me. When you got out, I told her you were our teacher, and that we liked you a lot.
-What's your name again?
Amin.
-Amin, you can be sure that a man behaved badly in a taxi to that woman, and now she thinks they're all the same. But nobody died, so off you go.
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Have your breakfast and go to sleep. I can't. As soon as I close my eyes, I see it all again.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

From the play:
Okay, let's talk about something else. Let's talk about my income. My income that never changes. It's ridiculous. What's wrong? Why don't you say something?
-Willy, darling, you're the handsomest man in the whole world.
You always tell me that, Linda. You tell me, but it doesn't help. I can never satisfy you, for I’m just a simple salesman. I’m nothing, Linda. But I tried...
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Call your father to come and see your photos.
-His father's dead, sir.
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My wife said you're not going to the police.
-No.
You're right. What's the point? You'll have to justify letting him in. There would be a trial
and all kinds of stories. For nothing.
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Darling. Tell yourself it could've been worse. If you'd injured your eye, or hit your head harder,
what would I have done?
- I wish I had hit myself harder.
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BABAK, put yourself in my shoes. Imagine how many men have passed through our bedroom.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

Okay, so go to the neighbors and explain you should've answered.
-What business is it of theirs?
They know.
-That's all that matters?
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If it's my daddy, say I’m not here.
-Why?
Because it's Mommy I like.
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I told you not to go. See what you do to us. My God... Thanks be to God... I prayed all the way to hear his voice again. Thanks be to God. I told you not to go. I don't want you working anymore. Don't work anymore. You said, "It's for Majid, I’ll be back soon."
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You didn't know she'd left?
-No, on my children's heads.What do you do?
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I work with Majid's pickup. I sell clothes by the roadside in the evenings. I don't go out during the day because of my heart.
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If something's wrong, tell me. Instead of calling me a rat on stage. It's not improvising, it's insulting.
-You upset?
Absolutely. ... The rat's the one who insults.

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