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Another Iranian Delight,
This review is from: Children of Heaven [DVD] (DVD)
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.