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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film I saw this year, 15 Dec 2012
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A very beautiful unpretentious simple story, excellently directed and well acted by its young actors. Delicate, sensitive, funny and emotional; an excellent example of how you can have a good film without exaggerated events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally delightful, 19 Mar 2009
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Two delightful siblings rising above the poverty trap, told with warmth and affection and respect. Reminds you that people do things for widely divergent motivations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and heart-breaking, 3 Feb 2009
Such a beautiful film. The spirit of the two siblings is so wonderful. Made me sad and smile at the same time.
Everyone should see this film, it makes me think how lucky we all are to live in a fairly affluent society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 4 Mar 2014
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A thought provoking, enchanting film. Best film I've seen for ages, no sex, violence or bad language and makes you appreciate what you have. Lovely people too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Iranian Delight, 18 Jan 2014
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If you saw and enjoyed the delightful Iranian film `The Apple,' which tells the tale of two young sisters kept at home by their over-protective parents, then you'll love this as it's every bit as good.
This was a big success financially, costing $180,000 to make and grossing $1,600,000! This scored an audience 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It's a very simple tale indeed about a very young brother & sister combo. Ali & Zarah.
Ali picks up his sister's school shoes from the cobblers but unfortunately manages to lose them! - Disaster! The family are very poor and Dad will go mad! They decide to share Ali's tatty old white tennis plimsolls for school etc. Quite how you can make a film last for 90 minutes on a theme of just a pair of trainers is well worth seeing!
The brotherly and sisterly bond is just captivating and Zarah's expressions as she suffers the humiliation and indignity of wearing his dirty old trainers is palatable, as is her envy of all of her school friends who seemingly have far better shoes than her - wonderful acting.
Just like any good brother would, Ali is going to do his level best to put things right for his sister.
This is such a simple family film. I know it won't please those who like action all the way, but this is a little gem which a lot of people have already recognized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film., 11 Nov 2013
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Wonderfull movie. It gives a view to daily life for many Iranians. And perfect for lovers of slow non violent movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars iranian cinema at it's best, 23 Sep 2013
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iranian movies with children as main characters remind me of some movies made in the former Soviet bloc.
Avoiding certain subjects (censorship) and telling a simple story presented through children's point of view,
they still manage to show us the society as it is (without the glitz), They tell us about the struggle
and more importantly about the aspirations of their protagonists, who don't accept their situation and always hope for better.
The perfomance of the children in this movie is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 3 Nov 2009
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As the story opens, young Ali is picking up his sister's shoes from the repair shop. On the way home, the shoes are inadvertently lost and Ali must tell his little sister Zahra they are gone. The family has no money for new shoes and Ali fears they will both be beaten, so they don't tell their parents but come up with a plan: Zahra will wear Ali's shoes to school in the morning and he will wear them in the afternoon.

This Iranian film is absolutely charming. We see the world through the children's eyes...the harsh realities of their poverty and the contrasting luxury Ali sees when he helps his father as a gardener. Ali risks serious consequences by sticking with the plan and Zahra's heart longs for the beautiful shoes of her classmates. The children who play the leads are natural actors, completely believable and sympathetic; sadly, this was their only movie.

I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and the long-distance race at the end is really exciting. Highly recommended, but keep the tissues handy. (In Persian with English subtitles.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Children arent all from Hollywood, 21 May 2009
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No wonder this has won so many prizes - you wouldn't see this out of Hollywood. A boy helps his sister and does the best he can to make things better for his poor family.

The director could have done with some snappier editing, but I'm glad every movie isn't "Gone in 60 seconds".

Really cool! Show it to the kids and they'll feel better for what they have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood, 29 April 2014
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A warm and human film about being a child confronting the "grown ups" reality
How children try to help parents but the grown ups do not see understand children's solidarity
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