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Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (original title)
| 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.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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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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Drama | Family

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Gorgeous film, magnificent message, a must-see!
27 July 2003 | by pyotr-3See all my reviews

This dear and simple story is the most wonderful film I have seen this year. The children are non-actors who bring a reality and wonder to this film that is sadly absent from American films, and you will be left in awe by their performances.

The story involves a little boy who must track down his friend to give him a notebook, or his friend may be kicked out of school. All along the way he is blocked from this quest to "do the right thing" but adults who are too stuck on their own silly business to listen to him and offer assistance. Instead of helping this sincere and good child, they do everything imaginable to block him. How very real this situation is, and how refreshing to see adults forced to examine the condescending way they communicate with children. The child Ahmed in this film is a refreshing hero for little boys... so much better than the smart-alleck and spoiled brats offered up in American films. It is a beautiful story, and it is a beautiful experience to sit and take in this magnificent film!


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