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The Color of Paradise (1999)

Rang-e khoda (original title)
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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance.

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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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Storyline

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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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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7 September 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The Color of God  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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] Nobody loves me because I'm blind.
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Standing ovation
27 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film received a rare standing ovation at the New York Film Festival. People were overwhelmed.

It is called "Color of Heaven" and it focuses on a blind boy. The boy is loved by all in his family, but his father has had a tormented life filled with grief. He feels that caring for a blind boy will ruin his chances for a good second marriage, and for a family to care for him when he gets old. So, despite the attachment of others in his family to the boy, he tries to keep the boy permanently at a school of the blind, and then in a woodworking apprenticeship.

The sensual vibrant color images in the film--almost surreally technicolor--illustrate the boy's sense of the world. You become fully sympathetic to the boy, cry with him, long to be loved with him. The camera is totally inside the boy's sensibility. It is a luxuriant and fully satisfying journey to an unknown place.


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