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Avaze gonjeshk-ha (2008)

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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 »

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Majid Majidi
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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 »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$115,927, 30 October 2009
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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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Choose Life
22 April 2011 | by lyrxsfSee all my reviews

No big drama, no intense car chase, no sex-laden imagery. Yet the film tugs. It has a compelling draw. It has all the simplicity of making a living, raising kids, living life. And then there are moments which confront complexity, where dreams and desires crash against life's harshness. Letting go an easy but corrupt deal which could pay for the daughter's hearing aid, being able to break into a song after the kids have witnessed their long-cherished plan choke on itself. The camera captures some poetry – of blue doors, sweeping vistas with ostriches, and landscapes which come alive from a kid's loving scrawl to full bloom. Did you know the pleasure of being on a breezy rooftop with your wife while the kids watch TV late in the evening? For such and many other life's precious moments, this film is a must watch.


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