A couple must drive their young nephew back to Tehran for his parents funeral, who were killed in a car accident the previous evening.
Throughout the journey they are at pains not to let the boy know about the tragedy, as they discuss the matter between themselves. However, a traumatic incident and three people confined in a car on a long road trip is bound to create tension. Add an accident to the mix, along with a traffic jam, a breakdown and endless toilet breaks and you get a classic black comedy meets road movie.
This first feature from director and co-writer Morteza Farshbaf, which was developed from a short film, was made in a Kiarostami worship with his co-writer. Although Kiarostami's influence is evident, it is clear from the very beginning that Farshbaf can do something very new and different in this constantly surprising movie. Ali Jafar notes that the film "may herald the arrival of a major new Iranian talent".
Mourning screened at the London, Busan and Tokyo Film Festivals.