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Khane-ye doust kodjast? (1987)

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
Khodabakhsh Defaei ...
Teacher (as Kheda Barech Defai)
Iran Outari ...
Mother
Ait Ansari ...
Father
Sadika Taohidi ...
Perzian Neighbour
Biman Mouafi ...
Ali, a neighbour
Ali Djamali ...
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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Where is My Friend's House?  »

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There are two documentaries by the director about the making of this film and aftermath of the earthquake. He does find that the two lead boys, played by the Amapour (or Ahmed Poor) brothers, survived the earthquake. 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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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) See more »

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Perfection of Simplicity and Innocence
3 August 2011 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

Actually it's hard to find any more words to define this masterpiece than the ones in the title of this review. If you are looking for something that would make you feel like you're reading a classic short story rather than watching a film, then this one is right that film. When you watch a film you have the vision, the sound, the effects, the music; almost nothing's left to your imagination and you watch the film effortlessly. Eventually, the story is misted over. On the other hand, in Khane-ye doust kodjast?, Kiarostami with his fascinating simplicity, takes you deep into a world of childish innocence. Everything from acting to cameras, is full of that precious amateur feeling. You actually feel amazed when you see how well Kiarostami managed to get such natural acting from a cast of all non-professional actors. Each character, each scene is tailored with Kiarostami's masterful observations. The film is so purely simple that, for a second, I even wished we didn't even have the music that plays only in two scenes, though I loved it. I personally believe, it really is a piece of art than a film.


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