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The Song of Sparrows (2008)

Avaze gonjeshk-ha (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 1 October 2008 (Iran)
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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 »

Director:

Majid Majidi

Writers:

Nasser Hashemzadeh (script advisor), Mehran Kashani | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Karim (as Reza Najie)
Maryam Akbari Maryam Akbari ... Nargess
Kamran Dehghan Kamran Dehghan ... Abbas
Hamid Aghazi Hamid Aghazi ... Hossein
Schabnam Akhlaghi Schabnam Akhlaghi ... Haneyeh
Neshat Nazari Neshat Nazari ... Zarah
Hassan Rezaee Hassan Rezaee ... Ramezan
Ponya Salehi Ponya Salehi ... Ponya
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Storyline

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 into a world alien to him - incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing international metropolis. Written by David Stevens

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Chasing dreams. Finding hope.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site (us) | sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

1 October 2008 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Sparrows See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,863, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$116,372

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,360
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Iran's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

Spoiler: The ostrich that escaped is male. Therefore it couldn't have laid those eggs found in the field. Male ostriches are big and it's colors are black and white; females are small and gray. The last scene shows an male ostrich in a typically male mating performance. See more »

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delightful family movie
14 February 2010 | by jeppesen-1See all my reviews

I don't know if this movie is considered a comedy, but soooo many funny things happen it's hilarious from start to finish. The main thing that comes to mind is murphy's law (if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all; or, if anything can go wrong, it will.) I also really enjoyed seeing the Iranian landscape and their way of life. Everything that can be used or fixed is utilized. This movie is serious, funny, heartwarming, and good clean family type of entertainment. I thought the acting was great, and the characters endearing. This has got to be one of the best foreign films I've seen. Best thing since Slumdog Millionaire. Too bad it wasn't in English, but than maybe that added to the overall sense of the movie.


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