From its ominous beginnings, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 'The Cyclist' plunges us into Nasim's dilemma - as his wife suffers fatally in a hospital bed, he is given a matter of days to raise the money needed to save her. As the tension mounts, we watch him and his son wander through a ruthless environment where the powerful prey on the desperate. He agrees to cycle for a week straight, as the crowds around him grow. Somehow 'The Cyclist' manages to juggle sympathy and suspense, and one can't help urging Nasim on. While elements of melodrama are undeniable, Makhmalbaf develops his eccentric story in endlessly unpredictable ways, as the morality of the film begins to unfold chaotically.