How are two young children to make sense of their urban experience is the question to which The Doll's filmmaker Mohammad-Reza Rahmani seeks to provide answers. Wandering aimlessly around the streets of Chicago, two young children, poor and without a home, search for work and opportunities in what they soon find to be an inhospitable place. In their search for money, they struggle to stay away from trouble. It is as if Rahmani takes his cue from the style of Italian Neo-realism when he structures his film around the experiences of young children. Like De Sica and Rossellini before him, and, indeed, like his contemporaries in post-revolution Iran, Rahmani shows, brilliantly, what it means to be a young, parentless child in an urban dystopia.