Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1974, 71 min., Persian w/ English subtitles
This early feature by Kiarostami is steeped in neorealism and hews closely to some of his short films where children are the protagonists. Qassem is a troubled boy living in small city of Malayer in northwest Iran, and he is obsessed with soccer. When his favorite soccer player is scheduled to play in Tehran, he devises an elaborate scheme to attend the game. As mischievous and deceitful as Qassem is, we sympathize with the boy who is so devoted to the sport. The Traveler at times employs a documentary style of filmmaking, lending it an extra degree of emotional resonance.
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