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

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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)  »

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

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$1,810,145 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Film category for the 2000 Oscars. 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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A poetic beauty
27 September 2008 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

I am awestruck by the simple elegance of this movie. In one movie Majid Majidi has elaborated on so many themes (life of a gifted blind child, love of granny, the journey of Mohammad's father etc.)that its flabbergasting.

I had previously seen The Children of Heaven, and had developed respect for Majid Majidi. But this movie is on a different level. The mystic messages are too many for so short a movie. The sound of nature is enhanced as to give the perspective of a blind child, who care too much about nature then those with sight (he didn't have sight but he had insight into the beauty of life and nature). The discerning ability of the child is portrayed as he loves nature and can tell that the hands of his granny are "pure white".

There are some other situations which are telling like when the granny leaves her son's home as protest, rescues a fish (metaphorically: his son), puts it into a small pond (this world), but at the same time loses the gift (metaphorically: loses Muhammad) which Muhammad gave her.

The sounds of the beast, that the father hears, are also ominous and can be interpreted as the moan of conscience. i.e. his father is innately a good man and has a potential for seeing the world as it needs to be seen.


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