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Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 1987 (Iran)
An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami
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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babek Ahmed Poor Babek Ahmed Poor ... Ahmed
Ahmed Ahmed Poor Ahmed Ahmed Poor ... Mohamed Reda Nematzadeh
Khodabakhsh Defaei Khodabakhsh Defaei ... Teacher (as Kheda Barech Defai)
Iran Outari Iran Outari ... Mother
Ait Ansari Ait Ansari ... Father
Sadika Taohidi Sadika Taohidi ... Perzian Neighbour
Biman Mouafi Biman Mouafi ... Ali, a neighbour
Ali Djamali Ali Djamali ... Grandfather's Friend
Aziz Babai Aziz Babai ... Waiter
Nader Ghoulami Nader Ghoulami ... Property Owner
Akbar Mouradi Akbar Mouradi ... Old Man from Azerbaidjan
Teba Slimani Teba Slimani ... Husband
Mohammad Reza Parvaneh Mohammad Reza Parvaneh ... Man Mistaken for Ali
Farahanka Brothers Farahanka Brothers ... Young Bou
Maria Chdjari Maria Chdjari ... Girl who Stutters
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Storyline

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

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Genres:

Drama | Family

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Ranked number 94 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

Quotes

Grandfather's Friend: What I mean to say is, suppose the kid did nothing wrong. What would you do? What then?
Grandfather: I'd find an excuse and give him a beating every other week. So he wouldn't forget.
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Referenced in Sodankylä Forever: Valon draama (2010) See more »

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Where is The friend's Home ?
23 October 2010 | by aakash-karkareSee all my reviews

Abbas Kiarostami is a director from Iran. His movies are not shown in his native country. But elsewhere in the world he is a critically acclaimed director. His output in the 90's has been tremendously acclaimed and he is called the best or the most important director of the 90's.However before that came the beautiful " Where is the friend's home?" in 1987.

This movie is one of the most human movies I have ever seen. The story is quite simple. A little boy keeps forgetting to do his homework in the book and finally he is threatened with dire consequences. His friend has the book and must return it.

But the story has so much warmth and is shown with so much beauty that it is impossible not to like the film. The characters that we see throughout the movie are very nicely drawn out. Ahmed's interactions with the old man at the end are so beautiful and filled with emotion that I am brimming with joy just recalling those moments.

Akira Kurosawa said of his films, " When Satyajit Ray dies I was sad. But Abbas has taken his place"


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

1987 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Where is My Friend's House? See more »

Filming Locations:

Koker, Gilan Province, Iran See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,546
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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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