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The Color of Paradise (1999)
"Rang-e khoda" (original title)

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Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hossein Mahjoub ...
Father
Mohsen Ramezani ...
Mohammad
Salameh Feyzi ...
Grandma
Farahnaz Safari ...
Big Sister
Elham Sharifi ...
Little Sister
Behzad Rafi ...
Village Teacher
Mohamad Rahmani ...
Schoolteacher
Morteza Fatemi ...
Carpenter
Kamal Mirkarimi ...
Schoolmaster
Masoome Zinati ...
Young woman
Zahra Mizani ...
Schoolteacher
Ahmed Aminian ...
Young Wife's Father
Moghadam Behboodi ...
Village Headmaster
GanAli Khorami ...
Villager
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Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a cat, finds the bird, climbs a tree, and puts it back. His father finally comes and takes him to their village where his sisters and granny await. The lad is a loving student of nature and longs for village life with his family, but his father is ashamed of him, wanting to farm the boy out to clear the way for marriage to a woman who knows nothing of this son. Over granny's objections, dad apprentices Mohammad far from home to a blind carpenter. Can anything bring father and son together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 September 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The Color of God  »

Box Office

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$28,144 (USA) (31 March 2000)

Gross:

$1,810,145 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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Majidi's original title for this film is (translated) "Color of God". See more »

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Mohammad: [crying] Our teacher says that God loves the blind more because they can't see. But I told him if it was so, He would not make us blind so that we can't see Him. He answered "God is not visible. He is everywhere. You can feel Him. You see Him through your fingertips." / Now I reach out everywhere for God till the day my hands touch Him and tell Him everything, even all the secrets in my heart.
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I've rarely been touched so deeply
21 August 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This is the first Iranin film I have ever watched and I have made it a project of mine to watch many more. This movie is so sweet and loving, but most of all it is honest. Unlike American films, Iranian films seem to be very open and even brutally honest about thier pain and frustration. Maybe it's because for many thier situations are so dire and we in America are so jaded by therapy and talk show catch phrases to just open op and fully express how we feel. The pain that Muhammed and his family felt came accross as very real and genuine. The art direction was beautiful, I had no idea that Iran was such a beautiful place. It was so ironic that the best part of his home was the part that poor Muhammed could not see but he felt it deeply. I would strongly suggest that you watch this movie. Even if your not into subtitles. My boyfriend and I came accross this movie at 2AM one night and had no intention of watching it, but after the first ten minutes we were hooked and talked about it for days. It is magnificent.


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