The Salesman

The Salesman ★★★★½

Do you know what I'm going through?
-Rana Etesami

I'm gonna be honest, some "celebrated minimalist" movies are incredibly hard to get through and well... boring. Asghar Farhadi manages to take the minimalist approach while keeping tensions high almost throughout the entire film telling a story about anger, guilt and love.

It's a movie where what is not said is as important (if not more so) than what is spoken between characters. When I watched Allied I complained about how Robert Zemeckis' attempt to make scenes over the top sabotaged the drama, well here Farhadi does the EXACT opposite and his film is infinitely more powerful.

Just looking at the film's ending is proof enough. It's put together in an incredibly simplistic fashion, has minimal dialogue and is just plain God damn devastating. I was completely taken by those moments on the edge of my seat actually worrying about what these characters would do. Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini are damn fantastic in this.

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