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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.


Majid Majidi


Majid Majidi
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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


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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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Mohsen Ramezani (Mohammad) is really blind. See more »


Mohammad: [crying] Nobody loves me because I'm blind.
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I've rarely been touched so deeply
21 August 2002 | by caelestis74See all my reviews

This is the first Iranin film I have ever watched and I have made it a project of mine to watch many more. This movie is so sweet and loving, but most of all it is honest. Unlike American films, Iranian films seem to be very open and even brutally honest about thier pain and frustration. Maybe it's because for many thier situations are so dire and we in America are so jaded by therapy and talk show catch phrases to just open op and fully express how we feel. The pain that Muhammed and his family felt came accross as very real and genuine. The art direction was beautiful, I had no idea that Iran was such a beautiful place. It was so ironic that the best part of his home was the part that poor Muhammed could not see but he felt it deeply. I would strongly suggest that you watch this movie. Even if your not into subtitles. My boyfriend and I came accross this movie at 2AM one night and had no intention of watching it, but after the first ten minutes we were hooked and talked about it for days. It is magnificent.

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Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

7 September 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of God See more »

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1.85 : 1
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