Salesman (2016/Sony Blu-ray)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Film: C+
young couple is forced to move after their building was demolished,
Emad (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Rana (Shahab Hosseini) move into a new
apartment. However, the former occupant of their new apartment
hasn't completely moved out and because of that a violent incident
happens to Rana and their lives are changed forever. Emad is set on
a warpath to discover who violated his wife in Asghar Farhadi's
Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Film The Salesman (2016).
and Rana are a young hopeful couple live in the city. Emad is a
professor teaching art and theater and both him and his wife are in
theater doing a play on 'Death of a Salesman'. After moving into
their new apartment, Rana accidentally buzzes in a stranger thinking
it was Emad and was violently and sexually assaulted and then left
for dead. She survives, but Emad is furious, apparently Rana was
mistaken for the previous occupant and thus assaulted. Emad is left
with a few clues include the assailant's truck and that he wounded on
his foot when he left.
was a drama and tragedy, it oddly parallels the story of 'Death of a
Salesman' because of the situation where a couple feels trapped by
the uncontrollable things in life. After a wife is assaulted, the
husband wants revenge, but the wife is too afraid to move on or
report it to the police. Life is a bitter pill, even after they
discover who the assailant is, the whole story hinges on one
question. Is it better to be a victim who gets revenge ...or is it
better to be the victim who forgives his/her assailant?
film is a mixed bag narratively, as well as in playback with the
1080p 1.85 X 1 image and lossless Farsi DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
mix both offering their ups and downs performance-wise. I don't know
if its the budget, just some artistic choices or both, but it just
did not work for me as well as expected. Extras include conversation
with writer-director Asghar Farhadi, but not really much else either.