Along the way, she encounters a hitherto 'forbidden' world of snake charmers, irate shopkeepers, and a young Afghan boy with a white balloon.
Panahi's close-up, point-of-view of camera work absorbs us so entirely in his heroine's delicate, enquiring world that it’s impossible to avoid getting swept along. Widely acclaimed as one of the great films about children, this extraordinary debut feature heralded the arrival of Jafar Panahi, one of the finest directors of Iranian neo-realism who is sadly now under house arrest in Iran banned from filmmaking.
"A masterpiece about a little girl who won't take no for an answer. Utterly believable, and sometimes funny. One of the most honest films ever made" Mark Cousins
Winner Palme d’Or Cannes Film Festival 1995