Hit the Road

Hit the Road
Date: 21/02/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:05 pm

Panah Panahi the son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, won Best Film at the 2021 London Film Festival with his striking feature debut, this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. 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 furtive purpose for their journey.

Panahi’s deceptively light-touch film hits that sweet spot between laughter and tears (the two elements are literally juxtaposed on screen). We understand that much is being hidden from the boy, the dog’s illness, his brother’s true course, as we travel toward the border. Yet somehow we come to share his childish wonder at the mysteries of the world, causing him to kiss the ground and offer praise to the almighty at sublimely inappropriate moments.

Hit the Road

Year: 2021

Country: Iran

Cert: 12A

Duration: 93 mins

Dir: Panah Panahi

'All of Iranian life on four wheels'

Venue: William Loveless Hall