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Salesman, The (12A)

Drama, Thriller

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.

The critical consensus

Flawless performances, meticulous construction, elegant visuals — The Salesman comes close to greatness, but seems unaware of its participation in social problems it critiques.

****(*)Andrew Lowry, Empire Online, 06/03/2017

In the end, Farhadi is able to blend plot, pace and atmosphere into a compelling drama that illustrates how you can never entirely know the person you love.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 13/03/2017

A thought-provoking relationship drama that lingers long after the credits roll.

Mallory Andrews, Little White Lies, 15/03/2017

In Farhadi’s universe, ambiguity reigns. The villains turn out to be vulnerable and strangely sympathetic while the heroes are capable of extraordinary viciousness.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 15/03/2017

Though some of the plotting feels a little contrived, there’s a formal elegance to the way Farhadi presents all this ensuring it’s never less than absorbing.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/03/2017

The Salesman is an atmospheric, perfectly judged examination of paranoia, powerlessness and fractured relationships.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 17/03/2017

The Salesman shows Farhadi’s ideas are in danger of becoming mannerisms, though it is a potent, disquieting piece of work.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/03/2017

This Iranian domestic drama from the director of A Separation lays its symbolism on with a trowel – but it works.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 19/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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