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Children of Heaven (1997)

Bacheha-Ye aseman (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 22 January 1999 (USA)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director:

Majid Majidi

Writer:

Majid Majidi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)
Amir Farrokh Hashemian ... Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)
Bahare Seddiqi ... Zahra
Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi ... Roya
Fereshte Sarabandi Fereshte Sarabandi ... Ali's Mother
Kamal Mirkarimi Kamal Mirkarimi ... Assistant (as Kamal Mir Karimi)
Behzad Rafi Behzad Rafi ... Trainer (as Behzad Rafiee)
Dariush Mokhtari Dariush Mokhtari ... Ali's Teacher
Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian ... Roya's Father
Masume Dair Masume Dair ... Roya's Mother
Kambiz Peykarnegar Kambiz Peykarnegar ... Race Organizer
Hasan Roohparvari Hasan Roohparvari ... Race Photographer
Abbas-Ali Roomandi Abbas-Ali Roomandi ... Shoemaker
Jafar Seyfollahi Jafar Seyfollahi ... Green Grocer
Qolamreza Maleki Qolamreza Maleki ... Salt Seller
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Storyline

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 Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,100, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,402, 23 May 1999
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Kanun parvaresh fekri See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ali: Zahra, I have good news.
Zahra: What news?
Ali: I am selected for the race.
Zahra: What race?
Ali: Long-Distance Running. The third-best runner gets a pair of new sneakers.
Zahra: Why the third?
Ali: The First and Second prizes are something else. If I come in third, I'll give you the sneakers.
Zahra: But those shoes are for boys.
Ali: I'll exchange them. I'll get a pair of girl's shoes for you.
Zahra: What if you don't come in third?
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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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This Film So Overwhelmed Me With Joy, I Feel Obligated to Share My Emotion With All Who Would Listen!
25 October 2013 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

It's easy to understand why there are over 100 reviews of "Children of Heaven". Normally, that simple fact would have dissuaded me from adding a review of my own. But, as I'm sure others have felt, this film so overwhelmed me with joy, I feel obligated to share my feelings with all who would listen!

After watching "Children", it occurred to me that I have, perhaps, never seen an Iranian film I didn't like. This film celebrates the essence and innocence of youth, with an unencumbered intensity, with such unpretentious panache, that any comparison to American films that make an effort along similar lines, regrettably, seem rather empty, almost laughable in comparison.

The fierce sibling rivalry so familiar in the majority of American movies is replaced here by a warm, caring fraternal relationship based on love, consideration, self-sacrifice and mutual respect. These little Muslim children demonstrate the most exemplary of true Christian behavior in both word and deed. I hope that here, in America, this opinion can be stated clearly, in a review such as this one, without fear of provoking a mindless outpouring of reactionary negative clicks.

I feel more than a tinge of remorse, even embarrassment, when I think of the millions of Iranians who see far too many American films where children are portrayed, more often than not, as selfish, wise-cracking, foul-mouthed, bullying, disrespectful, totally inconsiderate little brats. To make matters worse, this abhorrent behavior is too often viewed as copacetic, or worse, even exemplary, something that kids today often strive to imitate.

Some have commented that "Children" seems incomplete or leaves them feeling somewhat bewildered or left them hanging in mid-air. All I can say to them is just reflect carefully for a moment on the value systems of the kids in the movie...maybe then you will be able to feel much more satisfied with this great cinematic experience.

10*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!.....KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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