Kamis, 26 Februari 2009

Children of Heaven

Children of HeavenStudio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 01/13/2004 Rating: Pg

Customer Review: Children of Heaven Puts a Face on Iran.

I experienced this film for a second time at the Denver Film Festival this weekend with the director in attendance. Shot in Tehran, critically-acclaimed Iranian screenwriter-director Majid Majidi's 1998 film, Children of Heaven (Bacheha-ye Aseman), tells the simple, delightful story of a boy (Ali) who, after accidentally losing his sister Zahra's shoes, must share his own sneakers with her. Fearing punishment, the siblings then decide to keep their plight a secret from their parents and teachers, knowing their parents have no money to buy Zahra a replacement pair. This leads to a series of adventures for Ali and Zahra. Meanwhile, as Zahra envies the shoes a schoolmate is wearing, Ali enters a foot race, desperately hoping to win his sister a new pair of sneakers. In many ways, Majidi's film is reminiscient of Vittorio de Sica's 1948 Bicycle Thieves. Worth noting, the film was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It should have won.

Children of Heaven is a rare experience in cinema. It is permeated with beauty and innocence, which is exactly what makes it such a truly pleasurable experience. In his genuine portrayal as Ali, Mohammad Amir Naji draws the viewer into his predicament. Children of Heaven is ultimately not only a heartfelt love story between brother and sister, but between father and son as well. This is the kind of simple children's film that the Hollywood studios would never make, a movie industry which prefers blockbusters inflated with special effects instead.

G. Merritt

Customer Review: Beautiful story, great film !

Beautiful story that touches our hearts. No more words for this superb film. How can the Iranian producers make excellent films with no much technical resources and with so natural actors? Congratulations !!.Don't miss it and enjoy it so much.
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