The salesman

The salesman

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | Persian
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While both participating in a production of Death of a Salesman, a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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.

AL_ALISON 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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nellybells
May 07, 2017

This year's winner in foreign film category. Director also wrote/directed A Separation and The Past--two extraordinary films. I don't want to give away any spoilers b/c to have the movie draw you in as it happens, moment by moment, with its twists and turns is important. A google search for NYT review will give you everything.

I have loved Iranian films for many years. In the past, film censorship made movie-making almost impossible and so directors were able to circumvent by using rich and inventive themes with children, for example Children of Heaven, Baran, Turtles Can Fly and The Color of Paradise. It's amazing what the viewer can learn about daily life from foreign movies, esp. non Western countries. Throw-away lines are rich in meaning and for that we can thank the people who translate the subtitles.

Later: I keep coming back wanting to write more! The library blurb that describes the couple as having marital problems or something like really does a disservice. The movie feels like a play, it feels like reality. At no time do we have any clue to what is ultimately going to happen. So delicious suspense.

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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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