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22 January 1999 (USA) See more »
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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!
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After a boy loses her 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 & 2 nominations See more »
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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
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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
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89 min
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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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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary Movie-making, 24 October 2004
Author: butterfinger

Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven is such an extraordinary work of movie-making that it is in a realm of movies that are able to connect with anyone who remembers (or is amidst) their childhood, regardless of what country they come from. (Note: Films that have a universal appeal aren't necessarily better than films that only appeal to people from one or two countries, but making a film with a universal appeal is no easy task.) A boy named Ali (Amir Farrokh Hashemian) loses his sister Zahra's ((Bahare Seddiqi) running shoes; Zahra threatens to tell their father (Mohammad Amir Naji). Petrified at his father's temper, Ali promises his sister that he will get his sister some new shoes as soon as possible. In the meantime, the two work out a tight shoe-switching schedule. The plot is inventive and provides some decent chuckles-good writing and comic timing. Hashemian is likable and relatable though he milks the babyish whimpering to an annoying extent. Naji is able to give us a stronger feeling that we are watching a real person on screen than any of the other actors in the film. It is not until the last ten minutes of the film, however, that we are swept up in a crazy whirlwind of emotion, jolting from despair to joy to suspense (though not in that order) and the last ten minutes can make a movie great. Majidi gives us homage to The Four Hundred Blows. The ending to Majidi's movie is somewhat similar to that of Francois Truffaut's; both movies contain the feeling of extreme desperation, but Ali has a goal in his life while Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is boldly going nowhere. Truffaut's film concludes with brilliant ambiguity, leaving us wondering whether Doinel's last five minutes on screen were triumphant or pathetic; Majidi does something quite similar (less ambitiously) in a way I would not dream of revealing.

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