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Children of Heaven (1997)

Bacheha-Ye aseman (original title)
PG | | Drama, Family | 22 January 1999 (USA)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director:

Majid Majidi

Writer:

Majid Majidi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Ali's Father (as Amir Naji)
Amir Farrokh Hashemian ... Ali (as Mir Farrokh Hashemian)
Bahare Seddiqi ... Zahra
Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi ... Roya
Fereshte Sarabandi Fereshte Sarabandi ... Ali's Mother
Kamal Mirkarimi Kamal Mirkarimi ... Assistant (as Kamal Mir Karimi)
Behzad Rafi Behzad Rafi ... Trainer (as Behzad Rafiee)
Dariush Mokhtari Dariush Mokhtari ... Ali's Teacher
Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian ... Roya's Father
Masume Dair Masume Dair ... Roya's Mother
Kambiz Peykarnegar Kambiz Peykarnegar ... Race Organizer
Hasan Roohparvari Hasan Roohparvari ... Race Photographer
Abbas-Ali Roomandi Abbas-Ali Roomandi ... Shoemaker
Jafar Seyfollahi Jafar Seyfollahi ... Green Grocer
Qolamreza Maleki Qolamreza Maleki ... Salt Seller
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Storyline

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed? Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Taglines:

A Little Secret...Their Biggest Adventure!

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,100, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$925,402, 23 May 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kanun parvaresh fekri See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First Iranian film to receive nomination for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film of the Year). See more »

Goofs

When Ali and Zahra are meeting to swap shoes in the rain, we follow Zahra running through the soaking streets. When it cuts to the alley where the swap takes place, the ground is completely dry. After they split, we follow them running through a street which is watered down. See more »

Quotes

Ali: Zahra, I have good news.
Zahra: What news?
Ali: I am selected for the race.
Zahra: What race?
Ali: Long-Distance Running. The third-best runner gets a pair of new sneakers.
Zahra: Why the third?
Ali: The First and Second prizes are something else. If I come in third, I'll give you the sneakers.
Zahra: But those shoes are for boys.
Ali: I'll exchange them. I'll get a pair of girl's shoes for you.
Zahra: What if you don't come in third?
[...]
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References The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) See more »

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Brilliant in its simplicity!
31 January 1999 | by Mike-556See all my reviews

I find it most difficult and awkward to make comment on films that I personally do not like. That is why I could talk for days about this wonderful Oscar Submission!

Children Of Heaven is one of those rare films that not only I want to talk about, but everyone else who has seen it seems to be raving about. This tender and triumphant little jewel of a film had every head turning at the recent 1999 Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 7th-18th. After it's first showing at the festival, people were indeed talking!

"Did you see that film from Iran?" "No, any good?" "Just wait, go see it, we'll talk later!"

The Children Of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance all revolving around a pair of sneakers. How they choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, is what makes the story so heart-warming and unique. What follows is a tender, moving tale of compassion, determination, and deep family love.

Bravo writer/director Majid Majidi!


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