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Hit the Road

Dir: Panah Panahi
Cast: Pantea Panahiha, Hasan Majuni, Rayan Sarlak
93mins   2021   Iran   12A    Persian | English    Subtitled   

Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four - two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old - as they drive across the Iranian countryside.

Over the course of the trip, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown and fuss over their sick dog. Unspoken tensions arise and the film builds emotional momentum as it slowly reveals the purpose of their journey.

'Crackling with energy and outbreaks of exuberant lip syncing, riotously funny at times and quietly devastating at others' - Wendy Ide, Screen International