The Traveler (1974)
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Critic Reviews for The Traveler
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 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.
Kiarostami's first feature is a juvenile story in which sweetness and bitterness are well-blended. It is birth of his style which is something you'd wanna call it "Iranian neo-realism" under direct influence of Italian neo-realism. Also, this film proves that just a boy walking around can be a film.
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