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Life of a Salesman
Traveling salesmen reckon with the void of contemporary existence in a supremely sinister short and a groundbreaking vérité documentary. Starring Michael Cera as a door-to-door knife salesman, Janicza Bravo’s MAN ROTS FROM THE HEAD follows its hapless protagonist through a series of increasingly unsettling encounters with would-be customers. It plays like a demented, surrealist spin on Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin’s direct-cinema landmark SALESMAN, a portrait of four dogged bible sellers whose fast-talking bravado conceals the frustration, disappointment, and disillusionment lurking beneath midcentury American life.