At the Movies

Michael Wood

Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is too poised and immaculate for its own good, but full of disturbing undercurrents all the same. Of course, since the film has just won the director his second Oscar – the first was for A Separation (2011) – we could also say it knows exactly what’s good for it, but the two thoughts are perhaps not entirely opposed. Poise and trouble can collaborate, as when you fail to lose your calm when failure was what was needed.

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