Train of Our Childhood

Syrus Hassanpour directed this visually ambitious 2002 Iranian fable about two boys who leave their harsh mountain village to search for a mysterious hero renowned for averting a train wreck—a perilous quest complicated by their distrust of one another. The nonprofessional actors do a good job of conveying toughness and valor in the face of hardship and poverty. There are lyrical moments as well, as when they slide joyfully down a snowy mountainside. Although the movie italicizes its ideals about bravery and myth a little too aggressively, the story ends with a kick. In Farsi and Turkish with subtitles. 90 min.

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