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Khane-ye doust kodjast?
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21 March 1990 (France) See more »
An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 ... 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
Hamdallah Askar Poor ... Old Man
Kadiret Kaoiyen Poor ... Religious Old Man
Hager Faraz Poor ... Apple Seller
Mohamed Hocine Rouhi ... Carpenter
Rafia Difai ... Grandfather
Agakhan Karadach Khani ... Street Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh

Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abbas Kiarostami 

Produced by
Ali Reza Zarrin .... producer (as Ali Reza Zarin)
Original Music by
Amine Allah Hessine 
Cinematography by
Farhad Saba 
Film Editing by
Abbas Kiarostami 
Costume Design by
Hassan Zahidi 
Production Management
Naser Zera'ati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kiumars Poorahmad .... assistant director (as Kiumars Pour-Ahmad)
Art Department
Reza Nami .... set designer
Sound Department
Jahangir Mirshekari .... sound recordist
Behrouz Moavenian .... sound recordist
Changiz Sayad .... sound editor
Asghar Shahverdi .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Majid Farzaneh .... camera operator
Other crew
Nasser Zeraati .... production assistant
Sohrab Sepehri .... in memory of

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Also Known As:
"Khane-ye doust kodjast?" - Iran (original title)
"Where is My Friend's House?" - USA (subtitle)
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83 min | Argentina:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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 Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Where is The friend's Home ?, 23 October 2010
Author: Monos Z. from India

Abbas Kiarostami is a director from Iran. His movies are not shown in his native country. But elsewhere in the world he is a critically acclaimed director. His output in the 90's has been tremendously acclaimed and he is called the best or the most important director of the 90's.However before that came the beautiful " Where is the friend's home?" in 1987.

This movie is one of the most human movies I have ever seen. The story is quite simple. A little boy keeps forgetting to do his homework in the book and finally he is threatened with dire consequences. His friend has the book and must return it.

But the story has so much warmth and is shown with so much beauty that it is impossible not to like the film. The characters that we see throughout the movie are very nicely drawn out. Ahmed's interactions with the old man at the end are so beautiful and filled with emotion that I am brimming with joy just recalling those moments.

Akira Kurosawa said of his films, " When Satyajit Ray dies I was sad. But Abbas has taken his place"

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