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

 -  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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Mohammad Amir Naji ...
Karim (as Reza Najie)
Maryam Akbari ...
Nargess
Kamran Dehghan ...
Abbas
Hamid Aghazi ...
Hossein
Schabnam Akhlaghi ...
Haneyeh
Neshat Nazari ...
Zarah
Hassan Rezaee ...
Ramezan
Ponya Salehi ...
Ponya
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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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$7,863 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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$115,927 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Iran's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

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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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A Tale To Charm The Birdies Out Of The Trees (no matter what size they are)
21 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Majid Majidi has gone and done it again. He has crafted a simple story of a loving family man (although not without some minor flaws)who has several humbling experiences in life. Karim (played very well by Majidi regular,Mohammad Amir Naji,here known as Reza Naji)has a cushy job working at an ostrich farm,keeping watch over the king sized birds. Trouble erupts when one of the birds escapes from the pen,resulting in Karim losing his job. Good fortune happens to drop in Karim's lap when he ends up becoming a taxi driver in downtown Tehran. Other plot elements are dropped into the mix in the form of his eldest daughter,Haniyeh (Shabnam Aklaghi)who is partially deaf,loses her hearing aid,because of her younger brother,Hussein (Hamed Aghazi),who wants to start a goldfish hatchery in an unused well,who loses the hearing aid in the well/muck hole that it is. Toss in an understanding & loving wife,caring neighbors,and others,and you have yourself a loving film that is a treat for the eye & other senses. Majid Majidi directs from a screenplay written by Majidi & Mehran Kashani. The cinematography by Tooraj Mansouri successfully manages to capture the rugged Iranian landscape,with momentary bursts of colour (check out the scene of Naji carrying a blue door across the bleak desert-like landscape of the Iranian countryside,as well as some other breath taking scenes that are a treat for the eye). Rated PG by the MPAA for some brief,rude language,but contains nothing else to offend.


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