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22 January 1999 (USA) See more »
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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!
Plot:
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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a work of art See more (138 total) »

Cast

  (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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Additional Details

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
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89 min
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Trivia:
It became best picture of the year at Fajr Film Festival 1997.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »

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98 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
a work of art, 4 January 2000
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

The wonderful Iranian film "Children of Heaven" and its companion piece, "The White Balloon", remind one of those great Czechoslovakian films of the 1960's ("The Shop on Main Street," "Loves of a Blonde," etc.) in that they achieve their artistry by providing keenly observed glimpses into the minutiae of everyday life. They also help to humanize a culture often regarded as alien and even incomprehensible to western eyes. Above all, this magnificent film reminds us that real drama comes not in the form of over-plotted special effects-laden extravaganzas, but from films that examine the universal simplicities of life as we all know it. When it is distilled through the eyes of a poet - this is when art is achieved.

"Children of Heaven" has its roots planted firmly in the neorealist tradition. Its simple story echoes not merely the earlier "The White Balloon" but the original Italian classic, "The Bicycle Thief." In this film, young Ali accidentally loses his sister's recently mended shoes; out of this tale of utmost simplicity, the filmmakers take us on a fascinating tour of life in a typical Iranian village and family. As Ali and his sister scheme to overcome this obstacle, the film touches on any number of universal themes: the close ties of siblings united in their common bond of avoiding often irrational parental anger; well meaning, loving parents overwhelmed with the trials of everyday life who are often compelled to act out in ways that seem cruel to the children who adore them; the petty viciousness with which children often strike out at each other, yet, at the same time, the often unexpected kindness and empathy with which they also treat one another. The film manages to keep the audience constantly engrossed in its action without once resorting to even a smidgen of incredibility or melodrama. Beautifully directed, with a superb soundtrack filled with heightened naturalistic noises, it is a film of many-splendored wonders, its lyricism caught in a glimpse of soap bubbles floating around a backyard produced by two children abandoned to their moment of incomprehensible youthful joy, its high drama found in a shoe racing down a city sewer with a desperate young girl in tow.

The actors, children and adults alike, underplay their roles in so naturalistic a fashion that one does not even feel they are performing at all; the film, through them, becomes a magical fabric of life that draws the audience deep into its world.

"Children of Heaven" brilliantly demonstrates that works of art often arise from the observation of the most seemingly mundane concerns of daily life and reminds us that this provides far more drama than all the exploding spaceships, car chases and hyperkinetic melodrama that flood the screen in the guise of entertainment. It certainly shows just how phony, empty and bereft of life most American films are. Don't miss "Children of Heaven"! It is a richly rewarding experience.

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