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Children of Heaven (1997)

Bacheha-Ye aseman (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 22 January 1999 (USA)
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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Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)
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Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)
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Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi ...
Roya
Fereshte Sarabandi ...
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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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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Children of Heaven  »

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$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,100, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,402, 23 May 1999
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It became best picture of the year at Fajr Film Festival 1997. See more »

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When Ali and Zahra are meeting to swap shoes in the rain, we follow Zahra running through the soaking streets. When it cuts to the alley where the swap takes place, the ground is completely dry. After they split, we follow them running through a street which is watered down. See more »

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

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This Film So Overwhelmed Me With Joy, I Feel Obligated to Share My Emotion With All Who Would Listen!
25 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

It's easy to understand why there are over 100 reviews of "Children of Heaven". Normally, that simple fact would have dissuaded me from adding a review of my own. But, as I'm sure others have felt, this film so overwhelmed me with joy, I feel obligated to share my feelings with all who would listen!

After watching "Children", it occurred to me that I have, perhaps, never seen an Iranian film I didn't like. This film celebrates the essence and innocence of youth, with an unencumbered intensity, with such unpretentious panache, that any comparison to American films that make an effort along similar lines, regrettably, seem rather empty, almost laughable in comparison.

The fierce sibling rivalry so familiar in the majority of American movies is replaced here by a warm, caring fraternal relationship based on love, consideration, self-sacrifice and mutual respect. These little Muslim children demonstrate the most exemplary of true Christian behavior in both word and deed. I hope that here, in America, this opinion can be stated clearly, in a review such as this one, without fear of provoking a mindless outpouring of reactionary negative clicks.

I feel more than a tinge of remorse, even embarrassment, when I think of the millions of Iranians who see far too many American films where children are portrayed, more often than not, as selfish, wise-cracking, foul-mouthed, bullying, disrespectful, totally inconsiderate little brats. To make matters worse, this abhorrent behavior is too often viewed as copacetic, or worse, even exemplary, something that kids today often strive to imitate.

Some have commented that "Children" seems incomplete or leaves them feeling somewhat bewildered or left them hanging in mid-air. All I can say to them is just reflect carefully for a moment on the value systems of the kids in the movie...maybe then you will be able to feel much more satisfied with this great cinematic experience.

10*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!.....KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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