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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Majid Majidi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Majid Majidi  writer

Produced by
Ali Ghaemmaghami .... producer (as Ali Ghaem Maghami)
Mehdi Karimi .... producer
Mehdi Mahabadi .... producer
Mohsen Sarab .... producer
Original Music by
Alireza Kohan Deyri 
Cinematography by
Mohammad Davudi 
Film Editing by
Hassan Hassandoost 
Production Design by
Masoud Madadi  (as Masood Madadi)
Asghar Nezhadimani 
Makeup Department
Mohsen Mossavi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ali Ghaemmaghami .... production manager
Ali Kalij .... production manager
Mohamad Karimi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javad Kasehsaz .... assistant director
Behzad Rafi .... assistant director
Ali Sabzevari .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound designer
Houra Maleki .... sound edit
Yadollah Najafi .... sound recordist
Reza Narimizadeh .... sound edit
Special Effects by
Majid Soleimani .... special effects
Reza Torkaman .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hashem Attar .... still photographer

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Also Known As:
"Rang-e khoda" - Iran (original title)
"The Color of God" - USA (review title)
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Rated PG for thematic elements
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Germany:6 (w) | Hong Kong:I | Malaysia:U | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG

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Mohsen Ramezani (Mohammad) is really blind.See more »
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.See more »


Is the name of the movie "Rang-e Khoda" roughly or literally translated into Western languages?
Is Mohsen Ramezan playing Muhammad blind in real life?
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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Well filmed and well-acted story, 27 March 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Mohammad is a young blind boy getting his education in Tehran's institute for the blind. With only a father and a grandmother left in his family, he looks forward to summer with them once school has finished. Mohammad is full of life even though he cannot see and is constantly exploring with his hands and his grandmother loves him for this. His father is a different story and wants Mohammad out of the way so that he can remarry in an arranged ceremony with a woman who doesn't know about his son. However his plan to send Mohammad far away on an apprenticeship brings him directly into conflict with his son's grandmother.

A popular choice for the Oscars in 2000, this film has developed this success and has garnered quite an audience as a result. The story is quite an emotionally involving one that is better than the basic description of the narrative suggests because this is driven by our sympathy/empathy for the characters involved. As such it works pretty well as it is easy to relate to the emotions of all of the lead three characters – even the bitterness of the father was something that could be understood and felt for, at no point was he simply a bad guy for feeling what he did. At times the story gets a bit too steeped in meaningful sentiment but for the majority it is a well observed and patient story that is quite touching at points.

The acting is a big factor in this working as well as it did. Ramezani is the most obvious one to praise and indeed he is praiseworthy for making his character real and convincing while never letting it become a "cute kid part" as so many brats can't help but do – he may have been drawing on things within himself but this is still a very real performance. Mahjoub is as good for the very reason that he keeps us caring about his character even if what he is feeling is not anything we can condone. Feizi's grandmother is an unremarkable character but she delivers it well with a solid, if unimaginative, portrayal and performance. The support cast are also strong but it was the lead three that made it what it was. The direction is good, sharing an eye for detail and little daily realities with a talent for the bigger landscapes.

Overall this is an impressive and enjoyable film that is beautiful to look at and has plenty to engage the heart. It may be a bit "up itself" at a few points but these are few and far between and the majority of the film succeeds thanks to well written characters and actors who deliver with an apparent good understanding of their characters.

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