Original Title: مسافر / Mossafer
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Runtime: 74 min
Language: Persian, with English subtitles
Kiarostami’s first feature focuses on a boy in a provincial city so avid to get to Tehran to see a soccer match that he’ll lie to adults and cheat other kids. A quest film that’s also a study of youthful obsession, it’s filmed in edgy black and white with a quiet energy that matches its hero’s. The Traveler has an acridly ironic ending and one of the best performances by a child in Kiarostami’s early work.
Text by Godfrey Cheshire.
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