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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Salesman (2016)

The Iranian director of this movie, Asghar Farhadi, won his second Oscar for this painfully told story.  It is a remarkable feat really, when you consider that dozens of countries pick out the very best film made there that year and submit it, so there is an initial culling of wonderful movies, and then, amongst the best of the best that the world of cinema has to offer, he has managed to win twice.  Susanne Bier has done well (with a win and a nomination) and the Danes have had some good luck in this arena over all (Danish films Land of Mine and Silent Night were nominated for Best Foreign Language film and Best Live Action Short Film), but Iran can hold it's head high in the film world.
The movie itself is amazingly rich and complex, which is how it rose above a very impressive array of other nominees--I always find the movies in this category to be of exceptional quality, often better than the nominees in the Best Picture category, and this year is no exception.  The story revolves around a husband and wife, who are also actors playing husband and wife in a play, Death of a Salesman.  The wife is seriously assaulted and the movie revolves around the emotions evoked around that event.  I will say no more, other than to say do not miss this.

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