Release date:April 3, 2009
MPAA Rating:PG (for brief mild language)
The story opens in simple but stunning pastoral Iran, where an unassuming ostrich farmer, Karim (Berlin winner Reza Naji), struggles to support his family. In a string of bad luck, Karim's daughter loses her expensive hearing aid, an ostrich comically runs away from the farm, and Karim is suddenly fired. However his financial woes are short-lived when Karim stumbles upon an easy way to make money quickly in bustling Tehran, when he inadvertently gives a man a ride on the back of his motorbike in return for a fee, a relatively good sum which prompts him to continue his taxi service on a regular basis. Every day Karim rides into town, bringing back home all kinds of rummage – old furniture, car parts etc., and soon finds himself entangled in a world of hustle, materialism and greed. When Karim's relationships with family and friends come close to the boiling point, he must find a way to reconcile his new life with the old.