TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Making a movie about revenge that’s genuinely against revenge is easier said than done; even violence-adverse viewers may find themselves emotionally roused by the spectacle of a wronged party getting some payback, no matter how psychologically or spiritually corrosive the crusade is shown to be.
But Asghar Farhadi, the brilliant Iranian director of A Separation and The Past, comes closer than most to accomplishing that tricky goal with his Oscar-winning The Salesman, about an actor (Shahab Hosseini) who becomes obsessed with hunting down the man who assaulted his wife and co-star (Taraneh Alidoosti).
With the help of a masterful cast, Farhadi subverts the quest-for-vengeance genre through multiple means: by mostly taking physical violence out of the equation; by suggesting that the aggrieved husband’s righteous rage may be a kind of performance; and by building to a last-act confrontation that systematically drains the viewers’ (and the characters’) bloodlust, Metacritic reported.
Every summer, The A.V. Club offers an unranked list of the best movies to be released theatrically (and, going forward, on major streaming platforms) during the first half of the year.
It’s meant to be a kind of catch-up guide, a way for readers to keep pace with the year in film and start checking off significant titles before the mad rush of awards season. Still, even getting through this inventory of 20 halftime highlights may require more hours than the average viewer can spare in front of a big or small screen.
That’s why we’ve gone ahead and narrowed it down further this year by prefacing each movie with a reason to watch, in the hopes that this may help the cinema-starved make a more educated selection. We’ve also, to the best of our abilities, identified how and where you can see each of the films.
Based on the list, the Iranian movie grabbed 85 points out of the total 100 point based on the website’s review.
The website has reviewed 25 films enlisted based on the highest points given by critics and screened in US cinemas from January 1 to June 30.
Matacritic is a website which ranks movies based on views of leading film critics.