Children of Heaven (1997)
"Bacheha-Ye aseman" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  22 January 1999 (USA)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Amir Naji ...
Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)
Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)
Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi ...
Fereshte Sarabandi ...
Ali's Mother
Kamal Mirkarimi ...
Assistant (as Kamal Mir Karimi)
Behzad Rafi ...
Trainer (as Behzad Rafiee)
Dariush Mokhtari ...
Ali's Teacher
Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian ...
Roya's Father
Masume Dair ...
Roya's Mother
Kambiz Peykarnegar ...
Race Organizer
Hasan Roohparvari ...
Race Photographer
Abbas-Ali Roomandi ...
Jafar Seyfollahi ...
Green Grocer
Qolamreza Maleki ...
Salt Seller


Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed? Written by Eileen Berdon <>

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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of Heaven  »

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$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,100 (USA) (22 January 1999)


$925,402 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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First Iranian film to receive nomination for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film of the Year). See more »


References The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) See more »

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26 July 2004 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

What a marvelous thing film can be. It can touch us and open our hearts to a culture that is both different and familiar to ours. CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, a film by Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi, takes us into the world of a little boy and his sister, letting us feel the love and trust that they have in each other. The boy, through no fault of his own, loses his little sister's newly repaired school shoes the day before she needs them. It becomes their secret. They try sharing a pair of his sneakers -- the girl wearing them in the morning and he in the afternoon to school. The wonderful, innocent faces of the beautiful Iranian children and their code of honor, even in poverty, provides the bases for a very uplifting tale of children trying to overcome a crisis. The direction, cinematography, music are all outstanding -- but it is the children that you will fall in love with. Well worth picking up on DVD (though there are no "Extras" to speak of).

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