The Salesman

Drama, 125 minutes, Persian, English, PG-13

Weekend of May 5 | FRI 2 & 8:30 | SAT 4 | SUN 12 & 6

After a forced evacuation from their house in a condemned building in Tehran, the couple of Emad and Rana relocate to a small flat recommended by Babak, a fellow actor in their theatrical adaptation of Arthur Miller’s, “Death of a Salesman”. However, what Babak failed to say, was that Ahu, the previous tenant, was a rather promiscuous woman whose belongings were left behind with the intention to remove them in the near future. When Emad stays late for a rehearsal, Rana returns home to wait for him and then, the unspeakable happens.

Waiting for Emad, Rana unwisely opens up the main door and goes to take a shower, while a stranger looking for Ahu enters the house and attempts to violate the poor woman. Scared off by a brief fight, the man flees from the staircase, leaving behind his blood-stained footprints, his pick-up truck, the keys and his cellular. During the following two weeks, in the aftermath of this devastating event, the couple not only will it test its faith and endurance, but also the very bond that keeps it together: its love.

On the one hand, there is Rana, whose life turned violently into a living hell, a life of fear, angst and rapid alienation. On the other hand, there is Emad with the unbearable burden of feeling unable to protect and help his wife while at the same time his theatrical play must go on at any cost. As the couple will seek peace and a closure, fate will bring the culprit in front of a shocked Emad, who will have to be both judge and jury. In the end, what does a monster look like, and above all, when revenge is only human, what will it take to look into the face of the monster?