When term at his special school ends, blind eight-year-old Mohammad (Mohsen Ramezani) is reluctantly collected by his widowed father Hashem (Hossein Mahjub) - who is ashamed of his sweet-natured son's disability - and taken home to his loving grandmother and two sisters. Worried that Mohammad's presence will hinder his forthcoming marriage to a local girl, Hashem ignores the objections of the family and arranges to have him apprenticed to a blind carpenter some miles away, further hindering any chance of his son forming a natural bond with him.
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I very touching and intensely beautiful film - shot in dreamy colours with some very emotional scenes.
Another masterpiece from this master film maker.
This film is genuinuely touching and extremely thought provoking - in fact, it's the only film I remember watching during that period. If you do not see this film, you will be missing out on the type of film that stays with you for the rest of your days.
I am so glad I have been able to track it down and have the pleasure of owning it.
‘The Colour of Paradise’ is a terribly moving film without being mawkish. Mohammad is a loving and intelligent boy, who is taken home from his school in Tehran for the summer holidays. His family live in a beautiful part of Iran, so green and lush, and quite Alpine in character; a part of Iran that is rarely seen or depicted on screen. I would hazard a guess that it is in the Elburz Mountains to the north of Tehran, because there is access to a strand that seemed part of the Caspian Sea.
The difficulty that young Mohammad has is that he is blind and for this reason is rejected by his widowed father, who sees his son as a problem that holds him back in his work and in his attempts to woo a second wife. On more than one occasion Majidi’s story implies that the father would not grieve for long if his son came to mortal grief. Thankfully, though, Mohammad’s grandmother and sisters are there to provide him with unconditional love, but his father takes him away from the family to be apprenticed instead to a blind carpenter. Mohammad’s depiction to his kindly new master of his deep and powerful sense of rejection – not just by his family and by the world in general, but also by God – is deeply moving and had this reviewer (remembering his own childhood) in tears.Read more ›
I was deeply touched seeing him crying and I cried myself. This boy just wanted to be loved and be happy. And he was happy at the moments when his family was around. The movie is full of astonishing sceneries with green mountains, flourishing fields and foggy woods, however they lost their beauty in front of a crying abandoned child.
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An exquisitely beautiful film. Like many Iranian films, the protagonist is a child and, in this case, a blind child. A simple film, full of humanity and beautifully crafted. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Caspar Caspar
I am an Iranian and from Mazandaran where this film was made. This film is a celebration, an ode to beauty of enlightenment ideas & modernism versus tradition. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by F. Mazandarani
Heart breaking tale of a blind boy's desperate desire to stay with his family in their idyllic rural Iranian village. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by Sir Algy