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.
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 »
Mohammad Amir Naji,
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
Mehdi is an orphan who lost his father in a car accident and his mother too passed away in giving birth to her second child. He thinks that Mrs. Fahimy who is a social worker is very look ... See full summary »
Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?Written by
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Majid Majidi's first film to be officially submitted to the Academy by Iran which brought the first nomination for an Oscar for him and Iran. See more »
When Ali and Zahra are meeting to swap shoes in the rain, we follow Zahra running through the soaking streets. When it cuts to the alley where the swap takes place, the ground is completely dry. After they split, we follow them running through a street which is watered down. See more »
Zahra, I have good news.
I am selected for the race.
Long-Distance Running. The third-best runner gets a pair of new sneakers.
Why the third?
The First and Second prizes are something else. If I come in third, I'll give you the sneakers.
But those shoes are for boys.
I'll exchange them. I'll get a pair of girl's shoes for you.
What if you don't come in third?
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I find it most difficult and awkward to make comment on films that I personally do not like. That is why I could talk for days about this wonderful Oscar Submission!
Children Of Heaven is one of those rare films that not only I want to talk about, but everyone else who has seen it seems to be raving about. This tender and triumphant little jewel of a film had every head turning at the recent 1999 Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 7th-18th. After it's first showing at the festival, people were indeed talking!
"Did you see that film from Iran?" "No, any good?" "Just wait, go see it, we'll talk later!"
The Children Of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance all revolving around a pair of sneakers. How they choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, is what makes the story so heart-warming and unique. What follows is a tender, moving tale of compassion, determination, and deep family love.
Bravo writer/director Majid Majidi!
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