A handsome young man comes to Tehran from the countryside with his ailing father. Being something of an opportunist, he quickly adapts to the bullying and corruption which seem to be the norms of city life, becoming something of a bully himself. Even so, when he helps a nurse in the hospital dispose a corpse, he shows that he is not without a certain sensitivity. The Cycle, Dariush Mehrjui's modern-day classic about the impact of social and political corruption, helped launch the Iranian New Wave-one of the most important film movements of the late 20th Century. Produced under the shah of Iran's regime, The Cycle was banned for several years for its harsh, cynical depiction of life among the poverty-stricken areas of Iran. In effect, it is a representation of the corruption suffered under the Shah. Ali struggle to care for his invalid father after moving him to a Tehran hospital. With few opportunities to make money, he sells his blood. . .