Four capsule reviews of films that will be screening at Chicago’s 28th Annual Festival of Films from Iran.
Seven more capsule reviews of films that recently screened at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.
** ½ (out of 4)
Like countless movies before it, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman makes use of a “story within a story” device: the main characters, a married couple named Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), star in an Iranian production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. What at first distinguishes the film from preceding users of said device, however, is that its larger story initially doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what Miller wrote.