Children of Heaven [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
Everyone should see this film, it makes me think how lucky we all are to live in a fairly affluent society.
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.)
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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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.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by conor147
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