Hit the Road (2021)

Pantea Panahiha, Hasan Majuni, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar,
Follows a chaotic, tender family that is on a road trip across a rugged landscape and fussing over the sick dog and getting on each others' nerves. Only the mysterious older brother is quiet.
  • 7.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-07-26 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Panah Panahi, Director:
  • Mastaneh Mohajer, Jafar Panahi, Producer:


8 / 10

Quiet, Humorous, Important.

I saw hit the road at Cannes Film Festival and with no prior expectations, was rewarded with a wonderful film, complete with memorable performances from an extremely talented cast. Beautiful and varied landscape shots intersperse the interior of the car where much of the film takes place. Humour (namely from the captivating young actor Rayan Sarlak), well chosen music and great writing, help to balance out the darker undertone of the movie. Mature, bold and most definitely worth watching. Bravo!

10 / 10

Thrillingly debut

Excellent humor.

A film full of emotions, without demureness, alternating moods -like those of children-, enchanting landscape and directorial perfection.

Panah Panahi, seems to follow in the footsteps of his father, and his predecessors (e.g. Kiarostami), adding his own modern view.

8 / 10

A Bewildering Journey!

Quite a strange road trip adventure that walks the lines of dark comedy as much as those of the unexplained, seemingly unhappy circumstances that keep this family's bizarre dramatics moving along.

As much as you really want to know what exactly is going on, the film still succeeds in serving genuine entertainment with an overall experience of humor and culture through moments of classic songs, references to Western cinema, and the most picturesque Persian landscapes that rival other films where anyone has described the scenery as resembling a painting.

Apart from the general impression left on me from the Farhadi films I discovered earlier this year, this was an even more satisfying, yet completely unexpected selection that now holds a place for me as one of the most scenic, comical, and cosmic Iranian films I've ever seen so far.

7 / 10

What did I miss?

After 30 minutes I wondered if the the story would develop into something more interesting than a car with four people driving to the border of Turkyi. The cyclist they picked up? Obviously cheating, not that funny. The boy? Please shut up. The father? Who knows what was going through his mind. The landscape? Dry, dusty. The last part was better, finally I could smell the tragedy. Too late for me.

2 / 10

Pretentious Piece of *@$#!

A failed attempt on sniffing one's fart by attempting to dodge 'cheap sentimentalism' with pseudo-absurdist dialogues and forced 'randomness' which results in aimless scenes that go on for too long. There is one thing to detach oneself and practice 'Brechtian Alienation" and another thing to be heartless.

On the plus side, the child actor is the only redeeming element.