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The Colour Of Paradise [VHS]

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  • Actors: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farahnaz Safari, Elham Sharifi
  • Directors: Majid Majidi
  • Writers: Majid Majidi
  • Producers: Ali Ghaemmaghami, Mehdi Karimi, Mehdi Mahabadi, Mohsen Sarab
  • Language: Persian
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum
  • VHS Release Date: 5 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059ZEB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 saw this at the cinema and was VERY impressed. Fascinating contrast of modern Iranian life in the cities and villages as a child learns to come to terms with both his blindness, and his family's reaction toward it. Touching performances from the whole cast in this beautiful film, worth seeing for the scenery alone!... Might be useful to know that the Persian language title for this film translates as "The Colour of God"
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This movie tells the simple story of a blind childs' search for love... it is one of the most unusual, subtle and thought provoking films you will ever see, and anyone who is not deeply moved by it needs to book an appointment with the doctor and ask for a heart check-up. Don't watch it if you're in the mood for light easy entertainment. Do see it when you feel like being reminded that this world is beautiful and mysterious, and nothing mankind can do can make it otherwise. Wish i could get it on DVD...
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I saw this in the cinema when it was first released and have been hoping that it will be re;eased on DVD because I don't have a VHS player. The literal translation of the title is actually "colour of God" and what it infers is the colour of God's creation with respect to what a boy who is blind imagines the world to look like.
I very touching and intensely beautiful film - shot in dreamy colours with some very emotional scenes.
Another masterpiece from this master film maker.
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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2004
I actually saw this film at a cinema in Israel back in 2000. I was a contractor in Tel Aviv and regularly used the cinema to while away the time. I watched this film because I had pretty much seen everything else and I was not really expecting too much from it.
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.
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Why has this moving and beautiful film not been issued on DVD? To cineasts it is already a classic. The performances of the blind boy and the peasant father, torn between resentment and love, are almost uncanny. It goes beyond acting, they seem to live the parts. The excellent photography bathes the dark tragedy in bright Iranian colour as in the film it is overcome by the love within the family. Unforgettable.
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Format: DVD
Being a fan of World Cinema I have had the pleasure of seeing a number of Iranian films. Their cinema has a strength and sophistication that is unmatched anywhere else in the Middle East apart from Turkey. Majid Majidi’s ‘The Colour of Paradise’ is a gem. I watched it on a Korean DVD version of the film that had no apparent differences from the European version. (Unfortunately, there are no extras.)

‘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.
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Although there were some short happy moments (see cover), the story is extremely sad with no happy end! I was depressed and I was very sorry about that blind boy....
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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Watched this movie 6 years ago and still remember each part of it specially the innocence of the blind kid, you will be grateful for everything you have. A must watch movie.
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