Hit the Road

Cinema | (12A) | 94 minutes |

Hit the Road is a Persian road-trip movie following a family of four as they journey the Iranian countryside.

In the film, Dad (Hassan Madjooni) sits moodily in the back with an ostensibly broken leg, while Mom (Pantea Panahiha) drives and tries to laugh when she’s not holding back tears. An energetic youngster (Rayan Sarlak, in a star-making performance) keeps exploding into song and scrambling around the car. All are fussing over their sick dog and getting on each others’ nerves; only the mysterious older brother (Amin Simiar) is quiet. It’s clear they’re on a road trip across a rugged, often extremely beautiful landscape – but where are they headed?

Hit the Road is the striking feature debut directed and written by Panah Panahi, the son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi. The film stars Pantea Panahiha, Mohammad Hassan Madjooni, and Rayan Sarlak.

“It’s the blend of heartbreak and joy, profundity and absurdity that is the key to this enchanting movie’s magical spell.” – Mark Kermode, Observer Film Critic

“Panahi’s camera is tender and empathetic, but keeps its distance too, maintaining an enigmatic quality that feels in keeping with a family full of secrets.” – Empire

Persian & English Languages with Subtitles

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