The Song of Sparrows (2008)
"Avaze gonjeshk-ha" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  1 October 2008 (Iran)
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When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes ... See full summary »


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When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes into a world alien to him - incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing international metropolis. Written by David Stevens

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Chasing dreams. Finding hope.



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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 2008 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

The Song of Sparrows  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,863 (USA) (3 April 2009)


$115,927 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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1.78 : 1
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Iran's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


Spoiler: The ostrich that escaped is male. Therefore it couldn't have laid those eggs found in the field. Male ostriches are big and it's colors are black and white; females are small and gray. The last scene shows an male ostrich in a typically male mating performance. See more »

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Berlin Film Festival
15 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Another movie that played at the Berlin Film Festival, this low-key drama has a very human side to it. The actors (some of which were also in Germany for the premiere and seem as down to earth, as the roles they played in this movie) are really good and have a simplicity to them that is very gorgeous.

The characters are very down to earth and the story itself or let's say it's pace, might remind people of classic movies such as "Bicycle Thieves" (kind of neo-realism, if you want to call it that). If you don't have a problem with that, then you will enjoy this movie as much as the audience in Berlin did (including myself) :o)

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