11 user 3 critic

Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

Bashu, gharibeye koochak (original title)
Lost and left behind in a foreign country after running away, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Golrokh an Iranian lady who is a talented author struggles to settle her presumably disloyal but amorous husband's debts that his business partner has caused and left him to bear the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Majid Mozaffari, Reza Kianian
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Simin Ansari, Siamak Atlassi, Dariush Farhang
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Alireza Jalali-tabar, Hesam Navabsafavi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Karim Akbari Mobarakeh, Yasaman Arami, Mahmoud Behrouzian
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tara, the young beautiful widow, returns with her two little kids from country to her village. In her way home, she finds out that her grandfather has passed away. She distributes grandpa's... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Susan Taslimi, Manuchehr Farid, Reza Babak
Mother (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami
Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami
Travellers (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young woman's wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding. The sisters' mother refuses to accept her daughter's death... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Karim Akbari Mobarakeh, Shahin Alizadeh, Hamid Amjad
The Runner (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi
Stars: Abbas Nazeri, Majid Niroumand, Musa Torkizadeh
The Deer (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Faramarz Gharibian, Nosrat Partovi
Desiderium (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of a three brother: Majid, they young handicapped brother with a deformed head falls in love with Aghdas, a prostitute hired by his eldest ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Hatami
Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Fakhri Khorvash
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work, in a way that he has totally forgotten all about his son Saman. ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Stars: Afshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi, Ashkan Khatibi
The Cow (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian


Credited cast:
Susan Taslimi ...
Parviz Poorhosseini ...
Naii's husband
Adnan Afravian ...
Bashu ...
Adnan Afravian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akbar Doodkar
Farokhlagha Hushmand


During the Iran-Iraq War, Bashu, a young boy loses his house and all his family. Scared, he sneaks into a truck that is leaving the area. He gets off the truck in the Northern part of the country, where everything from landscape to language is different. He meets Naii, who is trying to raise her two young children on a farm, while her husband is away. Despite cultural differences, and the fact that they do not speak the same language, Bashu and Naii slowly form a strong bond Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

1989 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Bashu - Der kleine Fremde  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Razor's Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The best Iranian Film
9 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Bashu is an amazing movie by any standard. I have watched Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Panahi, Majidi, but Beyzai supersedes them all inthis great film.

The story is nothing new and nor is it complex. But the way the director showed the complex undertones of complete stranger Bashus psychology was astounding.

My hats off to Beyzai: "YOU ARE THE MASTER"

5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the ending titusbeertsen
Excellent Movie! luism1fan
Discuss Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: