Pop count: Books 1 and Movies 5
The Salesman (Farhadi/2016): Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi/2006) which had a theater run last year impressed me. Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi has proven his talent to distill meaningful, cultural yet universal issues of lives of women, relationship expectations between partners, family members and friends through his body of work to date. I expected nothing less than similarly spot on story-telling in The Salesman and was more than satisfied. Challenging issues about societal, political and interpersonal rules coming into play when reality strikes and puts ordinary individuals in unexpected and really undesirable circumstances are explored without telling the viewer whose side to take. Familiar players from his other movies give compelling performances.