In recent years Iranian filmmakers have found international success at festivals with works such as The White Balloon and Children of Heaven, moral tales about children with a mission to accomplish. This has inspired other Iranian directors to attempt to reproduce what they see as a winning formula, resulting in a plethora of films with young protagonists that lack freshness, insight, and sincerity—the most egregious example of which is this Iranian-Japanese production directed by Mohammad Ali Talebi. Bag of Rice follows an old woman determined to redeem a pension coupon for her ration of rice. Instead of waiting until her son has time to take her shopping, the stubborn Mrs. Khanoon ventures out with Jairan, the obnoxious little girl next door. After several misadventures, the pair finally find a shop far from their neighborhood that will accept the coupon. Now burdened with an enormous bag of rice, they must rely on the kindness of strangers to help them haul their purchase home. Back in 1992 Talebi made a small masterpiece called The Boots, which featured a rambunctious little girl, charm, humor, and a concise parable. Sadly, Bag of Rice has only a little girl.