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

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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


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Majid Majidi is a genius
28 July 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Majid Majidi is a genius. He is a director and actor of great talent. This film presents a sweet story of a brother and sister, their bond and their unique solution to solving the problem of a pair of lost shoes. The child actors are adorable and utterly convincing and the production of the film is of such quality that you get lost in watching it. The story itself is humorous, at times, and inspiring. Though the premise may be simple, each scene is infused with such passion, beauty and emotion that the experience of viewing this film is anything but simple. To all who have yet to view the film, take note of the very last scene.

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