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The Traveler (1974)

Mossafer (original title)
| Drama | 1974 (Iran)
A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami

Writers:

Abbas Kiarostami, Hassan Rafi'i (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hassan Darabi Hassan Darabi ... Qassem
Pare Gol Atashjameh Pare Gol Atashjameh ... Mother of Qassem
Masud Zandbegleh Masud Zandbegleh
Mostafa Taheri ... (as Mostafa Tari)
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A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

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soccer | truancy | boy | bus | stadium | See All (12) »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

1974 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

The Traveler See more »

Filming Locations:

Malayer, Iran See more »

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Kanun parvaresh fekri See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Abbas Kiarostami's second feature film. See more »

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Followed by Safari be Diare Mosafer (1993) See more »

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Wonderful early film by Kiarostami
31 August 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Kiarostami's first feature (made some 15 years before he became the darling of the film festival circuit) tells the story of a troublesome, amoral 10 year old boy (Hassan Darabi), living in a small town in Iran, who wishes to go to Tehran to see Iran's national football team play an important match. To achieve that, he steals money from friends and neighbors through a series of scams. After a number of adventures, he finally reaches Tehran stadium at the time of the match, but there, and without giving totally away the ending, he ends up getting some sort of comeuppance (as usual by Kiarostami, there is a great final shot). One of the remarkable things of the movie is how driven is the boy in reaching his objective, never thinking how what he is doing will affect other people, even those that are closer to him. Also fascinating is the film look at Iranian football culture during the 70s (which wasn't very different to football culture in other countries at the time). Kiarostami has a very fine hand in telling a story sensitively, and he avoids the pretentiousness he showed in later films, after he has been acclaimed by European critics.


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