Hit the Road

Golden Camera
Cannes Film Festival
Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph.


Hit the Road

Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with 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. The result is a humanist drama that offers an authentic, raw, and deeply sincere observation of an Iranian family preparing to part with one of their own.

“Dry and funny and crushingly bittersweet… A lovable and affecting crowd-pleaser with universal appeal and real potential to become a word-of-mouth hit.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“A breath of fresh air and a truly original work… Contains more thrilling cinema than most other films at this year’s Cannes put together.” – Elena Lazic, The Playlist
Not Rated
Drama, Comedy
Panah Panahi
Panah Panahi
Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

“Hit The Road” is a film that impresses relentlessly, each gesture, behavioral tic, and beautifully delivered line of dialogue coming at such a rapid clip that it’s something of a shock in hindsight that the movie isn’t cut like an early Godard film. How could so much joyousness fit in such an ...

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