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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

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There are two documentaries by the director about the making of this film and aftermath of the earthquake. He does find that the two lead boys, played by the Amapour (or Ahmed Poor) brothers, survived the earthquake. 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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Connections

Referenced in Sodankylä Forever: Valon draama (2010) See more »

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Perfection of Simplicity and Innocence
3 August 2011 | by cchaossSee all my reviews

Actually it's hard to find any more words to define this masterpiece than the ones in the title of this review. If you are looking for something that would make you feel like you're reading a classic short story rather than watching a film, then this one is right that film. When you watch a film you have the vision, the sound, the effects, the music; almost nothing's left to your imagination and you watch the film effortlessly. Eventually, the story is misted over. On the other hand, in Khane-ye doust kodjast?, Kiarostami with his fascinating simplicity, takes you deep into a world of childish innocence. Everything from acting to cameras, is full of that precious amateur feeling. You actually feel amazed when you see how well Kiarostami managed to get such natural acting from a cast of all non-professional actors. Each character, each scene is tailored with Kiarostami's masterful observations. The film is so purely simple that, for a second, I even wished we didn't even have the music that plays only in two scenes, though I loved it. I personally believe, it really is a piece of art than a film.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,546
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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