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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Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 71st Academy Awards (1999). See more »


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Solid, moving. There should be more movies like this!
13 November 2003 | by (Fort Worth, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie quietly puts to shame the majority of junk spewing out of Hollywood. A fat wad of cash thrown at big names and special effects cannot move the human soul like the innocence and sincerety displayed by Majidi's cast and direction. It's a shame that there are not more movies like this.

The plot is simple, the actors sincere and the tone spot-on. This movie works because we're drawn into the world of Ali, his life and his surrounding. Kudos to Majidi's craftsmanship. Ali's plight, though simple (if not trivial to most of us), becomes his obsession because of his love and respect for his sister and his family. We would do well to be so moved! The climax of the movie is brilliant! Ali's grueling determination to win a race and get shoes for his sister results in an unwanted triumph! (Sorry - no spoilers here. You'll have to see the movie). I must be getting older, because I'm moved with emotions just describing the movie -- and it's been months since I've seen it!

The redemption of Ali's resulting emotion and confusion will be lost on an innatentive viewer, so *PAY CLOSE ATTENTION* to the last 10 minutes of the movie.

Beauty doesn't have to forcibly blow you away. This movie is simply beautiful, and it will blow you away.

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