Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film
Asghar Farhadi’s sombre movie is the story of a shocking and mysterious event which shatters the wellbeing of a middle-class couple. It is about male pride, male violence, male privilege. Schoolteacher Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and his wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), are playing the unhappy salesman Willy Loman and his wife, Linda. Emad and Rana have had to move into a new apartment because their old building is structurally unsafe – a metaphor for their lives, perhaps. The new flat was once rented by a woman working as a prostitute, and one day when she is alone there, Rana casually buzzes in a caller she assumes is her husband. But it is one of the prostitute’s former clients. The next time Emad and the audience see Rana, she is in hospital, covered in blood from a head wound, having been subjected to a sexual assault that she cannot clearly remember.
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