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The Color of Paradise (1999)

Rang-e khoda (original title)
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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance.

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Majid Majidi

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Majid Majidi
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Majid Majidi films | Sony | See more »

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

7 September 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Color of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,144, 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,810,145, 8 October 2000
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Production Co:

Varahonar Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Majidi's original title for this film is (translated) "Color of God". See more »

Quotes

Mohammad: [crying] Our teacher says that God loves the blind more because they can't see. But I told him if it was so, He would not make us blind so that we can't see Him. He answered "God is not visible. He is everywhere. You can feel Him. You see Him through your fingertips." / Now I reach out everywhere for God till the day my hands touch Him and tell Him everything, even all the secrets in my heart.
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The best kind of cinema
7 November 2002 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Majid Majidi's COLOR OF PARADISE is the best kind of cinema. Simple in concept but executed with incredible skill and detail. We enter the world of a blind child in an incredibly intimate way, exploring his world of sound and touch and the isolation his blindness brings about. Almost ironically, we're also treated to some stunning images of lush scenery and locations. Absolutely mesmerising cinematography that even out-does the exceptional audiography.

Characters and their lives are simple but very believable, and the performances from every one of the actors is spot on. The movie exhorts us to appreciate life more, and makes a good case for doing so.

Highest recommendations!


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