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Afghani immigrant Nasim (Moharram Zaynalzadeh) is having a tough time making a living in his new home of Iran, but things get even worse when his wife becomes gravely sick. Knowing that his current salary can't provide her with the treatment she desperately needs, he takes an odd proposition from a crooked entertainment promoter: Nasim publicly bets that he can ride a bicycle for seven days straight. As a media circus develops, Nasim begins his harrowing journey with his son at his side.

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  • Sep 05, 2016
    It is not without its flaws, like a certain character who has a motorcycle accident and is never mentioned again, but this powerful drama benefits from superb editing and an exceptional score to deliver an honest social message and keep us anguished until the very last frame.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2014
    Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the director mentioned in Kiarostami's masterful "mockumentary" <i>Close-Up</i> (1990), and this film is mentioned as a key film of fundamental importance to the life of Sabzian. This is Makhmalbaf's fourth film in his extensive filmography that consists approximately of 27 titles, and the versatility displayed in this rather short effort is remarkable. The film is about an Afghan refugee in the need of money to pay the medical expenses of his gravely ill wife, leading him to resort to desperate measures. The most important thing to note is that the film had an enormous potential to rise a considerable amount of clichés and a spoiled melodrama to the surface, but this is just the cover-up for something much deeper behind. <i>The Cyclist</i> is a commentary against the consummerist tendencies of a neoliberal economy exploiting any event, place or person possible to milk profits out of it. Nevertheless, for these purposes to be successful, a society hungry for participating in the other side of this business is required. Both sides are willing participants in this exploitation. The plot follows the same tradition that Wilder's <i>Ace in the Hole</i> (1951), as a circus of spectators gathers around a martyr of entertainment to witness what most of them claim to be impossible, yet psychologically expect it to happen at the expense of the suffering of the host. Technically, the film is interestingly accomplished and put together, frequently utilizing a wide-lens view to accentuate the suffering of the protagonist, the anxiety of the people closest to him, and the malicious intentions of several parties involved. The direction is intrepid and vivid, with the details of a fully developed circus being displayed at every single shot, and the score beautifully stinks to the 80s, giving a nightmarish tone to the disturbing aspects of this society. These technical qualities compensate the rather faulty editing throughout. However, they greatly correlate with the film's neutral tone and dark aura which provides a sense of unease given its unexpected outcome. Without making the mistake of being clichéd or melodramatic, and with a courageous scope, <i>The Cyclist</i> is an strong, expressionistic punch to the stomach about animal inhumanity, the power of love, and the danger of embarking into the disgusting boat of financial interests. 84/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2012
    Beautiful and saddening film about a man who engages in a ridiculous contest to continually cycle for days in order to meet his wife's medical bills. A middle eastern classic.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2009
    I have seen some few Persian movies so far,which were good ones, but this one The Cyclist, I found it an average movie. It was very confusing about a poor Afghani man. whose wife fell sick in Iran and he had no money to pay the hospital bills. To raise money to pay the bills he undertook an endurance which he will ride a bicycle for 5 days without stopping. Some people placed some bets on his attempt and some tried to sabotage him. I never understood why. It was a movie of a man acting in desperation. Director Makhmalbaf told the story without holding back anything, but most Persian movies does this,and sometimes its captivating.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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