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

 -  Drama | Family  -  22 January 1999 (USA)
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When Ali loses his sister's shoes, the two decide to share his to avoid getting in trouble.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Amir Naji ...
Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)
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Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)
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Zahra
Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi ...
Roya
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 ...
Shoemaker
Jafar Seyfollahi ...
Green Grocer
Qolamreza Maleki ...
Salt Seller
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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 <eberdon@aol.com>

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shoe | school | race | children | class | See more »

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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$925,402 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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First Iranian film to receive nomination for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film of the Year). See more »

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Brilliant in its simplicity!
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

I find it most difficult and awkward to make comment on films that I personally do not like. That is why I could talk for days about this wonderful Oscar Submission!

Children Of Heaven is one of those rare films that not only I want to talk about, but everyone else who has seen it seems to be raving about. This tender and triumphant little jewel of a film had every head turning at the recent 1999 Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 7th-18th. After it's first showing at the festival, people were indeed talking!

"Did you see that film from Iran?" "No, any good?" "Just wait, go see it, we'll talk later!"

The Children Of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance all revolving around a pair of sneakers. How they choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, is what makes the story so heart-warming and unique. What follows is a tender, moving tale of compassion, determination, and deep family love.

Bravo writer/director Majid Majidi!


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