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Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (original title)
An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Babek Ahmed Poor ...
Ahmed
Ahmed Ahmed Poor ...
Mohamed Reda Nematzadeh
Kheda Barech Defai ...
Teacher
Iran Outari ...
Mother
Ait Ansari ...
Father
Sadika Taohidi ...
Perzian Neighbour
Biman Mouafi ...
Ali, a neighbour
Ali Djamali ...
Grandfather's Friend
Aziz Babai ...
Waiter
Nader Ghoulami ...
Property Owner
Akbar Mouradi ...
Old Man from Azerbaidjan
Teba Slimani ...
Husband
Mohammad Reza Parvaneh ...
Man Mistaken for Ali
Farahanka Brothers ...
Young Bou
Maria Chdjari ...
Girl who Stutters
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

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21 March 1990 (France)  »

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According to TCM host Robert Osborne, in 1990, 3 years after this film was made, a devastating earthquake destroyed the village where the story takes place. Thousands were killed, including the two boys who star in this film. See more »

Quotes

Grandfather's Friend: What I mean to say is, suppose the kid did nothing wrong. What would you do? What then?
Grandfather: I'd find an excuse and give him a beating every other week. So he wouldn't forget.
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Gorgeous film, magnificent message, a must-see!
27 July 2003 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

This dear and simple story is the most wonderful film I have seen this year. The children are non-actors who bring a reality and wonder to this film that is sadly absent from American films, and you will be left in awe by their performances.

The story involves a little boy who must track down his friend to give him a notebook, or his friend may be kicked out of school. All along the way he is blocked from this quest to "do the right thing" but adults who are too stuck on their own silly business to listen to him and offer assistance. Instead of helping this sincere and good child, they do everything imaginable to block him. How very real this situation is, and how refreshing to see adults forced to examine the condescending way they communicate with children. The child Ahmed in this film is a refreshing hero for little boys... so much better than the smart-alleck and spoiled brats offered up in American films. It is a beautiful story, and it is a beautiful experience to sit and take in this magnificent film!


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