Mossafer (The Traveler) (1974)
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Kiarostami's patient, detailed, and wry attention to the infinitesimal practicalities of daily life yields a deep critical cross-section of Iranian society.
Audience Reviews for Mossafer (The Traveler)
Don't believe the 2011 date listed on Flixster for this. 1974 is a bit more accurate. The Traveler is rough, but identifiably Kiarostami. The acting is... well, pedestrian, but I'm guessing no one featured in this has acted before or since and, as such, lends an air of authenticity to the story.
Speaking of the story, there is something satisfying about the whole "troubled-kid-steals-cons-and-pawns-his-way-to-a-soccer-event" and its ensuing can-see-it-coming-a-mile-away conclusion.
As a bonus feature on Criterion's blu-ray release of Close-Up, I actually found this to be the more interesting film of the two.
Early film from Kiarostami, obviously influenced by "The 400 Blows"--and the end result is even better. Beautiful film.
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