SparkNotes: Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman (1951) - IMDb
The story introduces shambling Winfried (Peter Simonischek), a music teacher from Aachen whose worldview could hardly be more different from that of his daughter Ines (Sandra Hueller), a workaholic corporate executive who is estranged from her cutup father and involved in a major deal in Bucharest. At loose ends after the death of his dog, Winfried flies to Bucharest to surprise Ines, but his timing is bad since she is at a crucial stage in delicate corporate negotiations. Winfried tries to loosen his daughter up with goofy pranks, chides her stuffiness, and mocks her barren business lifestyle. Yet, just when Ines thinks Winfried has left for Germany, he returns as the flamboyant Toni Erdman, barely disguised in a rumpled suit, a bizarre wig, and grotesque fake teeth, claiming to be her CEO’s “life coach.” As Toni, Winfried is surprisingly bold and wheedles his way into Ines’ circle. He’s impossible to ignore, but through his mischief Ines begins to see some of the absurdities of her own life, to the point of bonding with dad.
Death of a Salesman (TV Movie 1985) - IMDb
“The Salesman” is an excellent bet to be one of the five films nominated for Best Foreign Language picture. I would argue rightly so, because Farhadi has again tapped his country’s Zeitgeist to produce a thoughtful, ruminative drama fraught with plausible dilemmas that allow his stable of actors to shine.