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Children of Heaven (1997) More at IMDbPro »Bacheha-Ye aseman (original title)

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Children of Heaven -- When Ali loses his sister Zahra's school shoes, this young pair dream up a plan to stay out of trouble: they'll share his shoes and keep it a secret from their parents! But if they're going to successfully cover their tracks, Ali and Zahra must carefully watch their step on what rapidly turns into a funny, heartwarming adventure! A magical motion picture acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)

Amir Farrokh Hashemian ... Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)

Bahare Seddiqi ... 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
Zahra Mirzai ... Zahra's Teacher
Sara Zamani ... Trainer
Mohammad Haj-Hosseini ... Mosque Servant
Kazem Asqarpoor ... Grand Father
Mohammad-Hossein Shahidi ... Alireza
Seyd-Ali Hosseini ... Ali's Friend
Haj-Ali Salimi ... Old Man
Ahmad Mokhber ... Mash Ramezan
Golnaz Tariqat ... Ms. Koubab
Mash-Ebrahim Safari ... Ali's Father's Friend
Davud Shams ... Shoe Seller
Azade Qale Noi ... Video Cameraman
Faramarz Safarizadeh ... Video Cameraman
Hossein Ahamdloo ... Photographer
Siamak Haj-Amini ... Photographer
Soheil Haj-Amini ... Photographer
Rahman Kharazchi ... Referee
Jamshid Yusefi ... Referee
Javad Kazemi ... Referee
Mohammad Oskooi ... Award Presenter
Reza Dehghan ... Award Presenter
Ali Chaharian ... Award Presenter
Amir-Ali Kazemi ... First Runner
Navid Feyzabadi ... Second Runner / Third Runner
Pasha Shoja Zadeh ... Fourth Runner
Moshen Qadiri Nejad ... Runner
Amir Hossein Tavakkoli ... Runner
Hadi Maleki ... Runner
Mohammad Hossein Mortavazi ... Runner
Seyed Karym Alikhani ... Runner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Maleki ... Salt Seller

Directed by
Majid Majidi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Majid Majidi 

Produced by
Amir Esfandiari .... producer
Mohammad Esfandiari .... producer
Original Music by
Kayvan Jahanshahi 
Cinematography by
Parviz Malekzaade 
Film Editing by
Hassan Hassandoost 
Production Management
Seyyed Saeed Seyedzadeh .... production manager
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound designer
Yadollah Najafi .... sound recordist

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Also Known As:
"Bacheha-Ye aseman" - Iran (original title)
"The Children of Heaven" - USA (review title)
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Rated PG for some mild language
89 min
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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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63 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant in its simplicity!, 31 January 1999

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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