MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,779 this week

Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
"Bashu, gharibeye koochak" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1989 (Iran)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 1,380 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 3 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 03 Jan 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 22 Dec 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bashu, the Little Stranger.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Stars: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari
Border Café (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

"Cafe Transit" depicts an independent-minded widow who bucks tradition to run her dead husband's truck stop café.

Director: Kambuzia Partovi
Stars: Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Parviz Parastui, Nikos Papadopoulos
Two Women (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A sensation when released in 1999 in Iran, Two Women charts the lives of two promising architecture students over the course of the first turbulent years of the Islamic Republic. Tahimine ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani
Stars: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Niki Karimi, Reza Khandan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hassan is a student of Religious /Islamic school and is about to be dressed as a missioner .In such a time when his other mates are excited and are getting ready to be formally dressed and ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Stars: Hossein Parastar, Hamed Rajabali, Mehran Rajabi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Naser Taghvai
Stars: Dariush Arjmand, Ali Nassirian, Saeed Poursamimi
The Lizard (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a religious and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in a religious' role more than he expected to.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ibrahimi, Shahrokh Foroutanian
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Bahram Beizai
Stars: Simin Ansari, Siamak Atlassi, Dariush Farhang
Mum's Guest (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Golab Adineh, Roya Alemi, Amin Hayayee
Drama
    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 7.2/10 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
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war. Society does not understand them and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Reza Kianian, Habib Rezaei
Desiderium (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1989 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Bashu - Der kleine Fremde  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great Humanity Pacing the Movie, Almost Unbearable
23 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Iranian movies continue to astonish me. Beside Kiarostami, the number of Iranian directors making great movies is overwhelming. It is one of the most important movie schools, and the most amazing is that each of their movies is so firmly implanted in the Iranian universe while speaking out universal values.

It was by chance that I watched Bashu today. I had found it on youTube, I had noted the address, to access it later. I decided this morning to see it, just to discover that my notice with the youTube address was lost! I gave a search on the web for Iranian movie with a boy who lost his family and I found it again! A ten years boy looses all his family when the village is bombed during the Iran-Iraq war. He escapes jumping on a cargo truck where he falls asleep. When he wakes up, he is in an unknown place where the landscape is totally different from what the boy knows. Unknown people speak an unknown language and look very different from him. Impossible to understand anyone, impossible to be understood.

No wonder: the boy is from a province in the Southern part of Iran, near the Persian Gulf, and speaks Arabic, while the region where he has arrived is in the North, near the Caspian Sea, where people speak a very remote dialect of Farsi.

But this we'll know much later, probably after the end of the movie, when we start to look for comments and reviews. During the movie we are absorbed in a universe of fantastic that calls in mind the stories of Eliade.

What follows is a great story of love: maternal love and filial love. A woman with two kids of her own, initially reticent, will learn to love the boy like a mother, while the boy, initially just scared, will learn to love his new mother. And this unfolds despite the absolute barrier of language. Development of love, marked by moments when each of the two, the woman and the boy, just realize, with pain and joy, the intensity of the developing sentiment.

Apparently a simple story, actually told with great cinematic finesse. A story rendered with a perfect economy of means: there is a lot that happens there on the screen, while nothing is superfluous, while each scene comes exactly when need is, no earlier, no later. And all the time you feel that the director is in perfect control.

And above all, the great humanity that paces the movie, almost unbearable!


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

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

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?