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The Color of Paradise (1999)

Rang-e khoda (original title)
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The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.

Director:

Majid Majidi

Writer:

Majid Majidi
10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Hossein Mahjoub Hossein Mahjoub ... Father
Mohsen Ramezani Mohsen Ramezani ... Mohammad
Salameh Feyzi Salameh Feyzi ... Grandma
Farahnaz Safari Farahnaz Safari ... Big Sister
Elham Sharifi Elham Sharifi ... Little Sister
Behzad Rafi Behzad Rafi ... Village Teacher
Mohamad Rahmani Mohamad Rahmani ... Schoolteacher
Morteza Fatemi Morteza Fatemi ... Carpenter
Kamal Mirkarimi Kamal Mirkarimi ... Schoolmaster
Masoome Zinati Masoome Zinati ... Young woman
Zahra Mizani Zahra Mizani ... Schoolteacher
Ahmed Aminian Ahmed Aminian ... Young Wife's Father
Moghadam Behboodi Moghadam Behboodi ... Village Headmaster
GanAli Khorami 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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Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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It was selected by Time Magazine as one of the ten best movies of 2000. See more »

Quotes

Mohammad: [crying] Nobody loves me because I'm blind.
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Make every effort to see this movie
9 March 2000 | by cdexter1See all my reviews

I urge you to try to see this movie. The acting is brilliant but totally natural. I don't recall ever seeing a child who is as fine an actor as the boy who played Mohammed, and not for a moment did his "acting" ever get in the way of the story. The cinematography is breath-taking. I'm sure no one who has not been to Iran has any idea at all that it is this beautiful. There is plenty of symbolism for any particular point of view, which makes it fun to talk about after you see it, and although it is probably intended to be religious from the Islam point of view, you could probably find in this movie your own brand of spirituality, or lack of it, if you cared to try. I, a typically cynical and jaded New Yorker, and my completely enthusiastic and non-jaded adolescent daughter, both loved it and hope to see it again. So go see it and make it a success so we can get more movies like it over here!!


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Official Sites:

Majid Majidi films | Sony | See more »

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

7 September 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,817,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,777,552
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Varahonar Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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