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10 February 1999 (France) See more »
Mehrollah is a 14-year-old boy who is forced to find a job to support his family after his father dies. He travels to the southern parts of Iran, looking for work. Upon his return to his hometown, he notices certain changes in his family. | Add synopsis »
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Hossein Abedini ... Mehrollah's friend
Mohammad Kasebi ... Father

Parivash Nazarieh ... Mother
Hassan Sadeghi ... Mehrollah

Directed by
Majid Majidi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Majid Majidi 
Mehdi Shojai 

Produced by
Reza Shirazi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Aligholi 
Cinematography by
Mohsen Zolnavar 
Film Editing by
Hassan Hassandoost 
Set Decoration by
Behzad Kazzazi 
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound mixer
Yadollah Najafi .... sound recordist
Other crew
François Vila .... press agent

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Also Known As:
"Pedar" - Iran (original title)
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91 min
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It became best picture of the year at Fajr Film Festival 1996.See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This movie is calm and beautiful., 1 April 2002
Author: jowang

After the death of his father, 14 year old Mehrollah traveled to the southern town to find a job to support his mother and three baby sisters. Upon his return to his hometown with some gifts and the money he had saved for his family, Mehrollah was furious and confused to find the fact that his mother had remarried to a policeman and lived in a new home.

Although the policeman was a man of kind-hearted, Mehrollah refused to accept him to be his step-father. Mehrollah refused to go home to live with the new change, instead, he decorated and stayed in the old house that used to be his birth-father's.

Mehrollah tried everything to fight against his step-father, and even worse, he stoled the police-hand-gun from his step-father and ran away to a far away town. The policeman was mad and rode on his motocycle to the town, and caught Mehrollah.

On the home-bound road, they had a hard time lost in the wide desert and had to give up their broken-down motocycle. They walked on helplessly, thirsty and starving. The boy and his new father began to help each other under the hardship, and started a new relationship...

Director Majid Majidi is an expert who knows how to tell a simple story with deep meaning, with excellent camera language and very little dialogue.

This movie is calm and beautiful.

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