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Children of Heaven [DVD]

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  • Actors: Amir Naji, Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi, Fereshte Sarabandi
  • Directors: Majid Majidi
  • Producers: Amir Esfandiari, Mohammad Esfandiari
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 88.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083I37B0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The accidental loss of a pair of shoes causes problems for a young Iranian boy in this award-winning family drama from director Majid Majidi. After Ali (Mir Farrokh Hashemian) fetches his little sister Zahra (Bahare Seddiqi)'s pink shoes from the cobblers, they are accidentally picked up by a garbageman. With his family in financial troubles, Ali decides not to tell his parents about the loss. Instead, he agrees to share his shoes with Zahra. The plan is that she will wear them to school in the morning and return them to Ali at midday, so he can attend afternoon classes. However, the arrangement soon brings futher hardships and it's not long before Ali is forced to consider an alternative solution.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Surely the best film about sibling and family love and respect you'll ever see. No amount of money, no professional actors could even begin to recreate the genius simplicity or sincerity here. The non-actors (children) here are absolutely brilliant, quite remarkable. It's a beautiful film, full of memorable scenes. Buy, watch, whatever...support great films and film makers like this.
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