The Cyclist (Bicycleran)(Docharkheh Savar) (1998)
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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.
A heartbreaking film about an Afghan refugee in need of money to pay his wife's medical expenses,and the desperate measures he takes to get it.In this case he's swindle into a fantastic plan to stage a bicycle marathon with only one contestant:himself,riding round and round for an entire week ,night and day,without a break. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf,one of Iran's greatest filmmakers,The Cyclist is as Jonathan Rosenbaum put it:"A searing expressionist work about man's inhumanity,..." Stunning in its simplicity and shattering all the way up to the conclusion,this film is in the same class as Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief,and Umberto D. The kind of film you don't see everyday,so unique and feeling so real,bold and beautiful!
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.
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