The Salesman, 2016 - ★★★★

An amazing portrait of the profound effects of shame. It’s part thriller, part play-within-a-play (the main characters are performing Miller’s Death of a Salesman), but mostly its a delicate exploration of the effects of a traumatic event on everyone caught up in it. In a Hollywood film, the roles of victim and perpetrator would be starkly and simply drawn, but here we see the full effects of shame, anger and fear on everyone, and even - eventually - feel some compassion for the perpetrator.

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