• Film

The Child and the Soldier


Time Out says

The harassed commanding officer of a remote military barracks orders a soldier who's been petitioning for New Year home leave to escort a juvenile offender (he stole some bread) to a reformatory in Tehran. It's a tough mission, not least because every bus in the country seems fully booked for the holiday, but the two set off, handcuffed together. En route, the soldier half-warms to the boy, especially after seeing him reviled and rejected by his family. The turning point is a detour to the soldier's home village, where he consolidates his engagement to a local girl. By the time he's ready to deliver his charge in Tehran, the soldier is more regretful than relieved. Mir-Karimi's debut feature in no way advances Iranian cinema, but its predictable virtues - good non-pro performances, attention to detail, measured pacing and framing, shafts of humour - make it very watchable.

Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi
  • Screenwriter:Mohammed Rezai-Rad
  • Cast:
    • Mehdi Lotfi
    • Rouhollah Hosseini
    • Mehran Rajabi
    • Bizhan Soltani
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