2016 Oscar® Selection, Iran
From Asghar Farhadi, director of the acclaimed A SEPARATION, comes this "finely cut gem of neorealist suspense" (Owen Gleiberman, Variety). Shahab Hosseini (ABOUT ELLY, A SEPARATION) won the Best Actor award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Emad, who is first seen fleeing a collapsing apartment building with his wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti, ABOUT ELLY, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY). When an intruder attacks Rana in their new home, Emad turns amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife's addled nerves. Farhadi's screenplay, which also won an award at Cannes, cleverly weaves its plot around Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" as the onscreen couple stars in an amateur production of the play. Farhadi's masterly direction draws exquisite tension out of a relationship on the edge of coming apart. (Note courtesy of Freer|Sackler.) DIR/SCR/PROD Asghar Farhadi; PROD Alexandre Mallet-Guy. Iran/France, 2016, color, 125 min. In Persian with English subtitles. RATED PG-13
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