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The Cyclist (1987)

Bicycleran (original title)
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »

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The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won't finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Very strong, realistic drama that catches your heart
2 February 2000 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

Even though you could narrate it as some strange curiosity like story the film is very strong and realistic drama and you are actually forced to feel all the heavy consequences which Nasim and his son are in the middle of. To rescue his wife´s life Nasim jeopardizes his own. And what other chance has he got? Absolutely alone, penniless fugitive... Makhmalbaf doesn´t make anything easier to his characters, he tells the story with all the roughness, which it really has, but at the same time he catches your heart.


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