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The Song Of Sparrows (2008)

Mohammad Amir Naji , Majid Majidi  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mohammad Amir Naji
  • Directors: Majid Majidi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VRNJT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Song Of Sparrows" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Iran’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar®. After Karim loses his job, he leaves his pastoral town and travels to Tehran where he finds work as a motorcycle taxi driver. Soon Karim becomes entangled in a world of hustle and greed and it’s up to his family to restore the values he once cherished.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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"The Song of Sparrows" is an un-subtle but endearing morality tale by director and co-writer Majid Majidi. Karim (Reza Maji) is a family man who works on an ostrich farm to support his wife and three children. His eldest daughter's hearing aid is damaged with school exams just weeks away. With the expense of replacing it already weighing heavily him, Karim loses his job. Still determined to do something about the hearing aid, Karim makes the trip to Tehran, where he is mistaken for a motorcycle taxi. The money in this new-found occupation appeals to him, and Karim returns to Tehran every day to earn more. But his wife Narges (Maryam Akbari) and children see an unwelcome change in Karim's values and disposition.

Iranian cinema has a way of capturing earnestness in imperfect people that no other culture does so successfully. "The Song of Sparrows" is no exception. Karim so wants to improve conditions for his family and provide for them once again that he loses perspective. We can't help but sympathize and feel for his small triumphs and those of his young son, whose dream of turning an old water storage into a fish farm parallel his father's ambitions. There is a good deal of humor too, as the director pokes fun a the harried businessmen who are Karim's passengers. I found the condemnation of materialism heavy-handed, however, in a film that otherwise has a light touch. In Farsi with optional English subtitles. No bonus features on the E1 Entertainment 2010 DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Visual Delight from Majid Majidi February 10, 2010
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Majid Majidi has directed another exquisite film that will please his fans and appeal to those who enjoy films that tell a simple, but meaningful story in a pristine fashion. In SONG OF SPARROWS the visual images are much more revealing of the underlying story than the dialogue is, in my opinion. Karim, played adeptly by Reza Naji, is an irascible patriarch whose ill fortune as a farm hand changes virtually by chance when he travels to the capital city of Tehran on his motorbike. As his good fortune brings more material objects to his simple country home, his troubles continue to plague him until fate literally comes crashing down on him and awakens him to the more important, simple pleasures of life. This movie will appeal especially to families, foreign film fans, and those enjoy cinematic art movies.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAVE MOTORBIKE WILL TRAVEL!! May 8, 2010
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This is the story of Karim, the rural Iranian father of a deaf teen-aged daughter and two younger children. When, at the same time, he loses his job on an Ostrich ranch and his daughter loses her hearing aid right before important school exams, he heads to Tehran on his motorbike to look for work. By accident, he becomes a motorbike taxi driver and begins to make more money than he ever dreamed of. But he also begins to change as his desire for things and his ethics collide. Having promised his wife that the first priority would be to replace their daughter's hearing aid, he finds himself tempted by the material life he now has access to. Several heart breaking incidents cause him to examine what he has become. While the story/parable may be familiar, what is special is the way Majidi presents it. The dialogue is minimal letting the non-verbal actions of the characters speak for themselves as well as the great cinematography. Unlike many (not all)American films, it does not insult your intelligence with shallow dialogue and unnecessary action. Majidi really develops the characters into believable human beings. Reza Naji is great as Karim and the children in the film are so delightful and photogenic. And if you enjoy learning about and experiencing other cultures, it is a great window into Iranian culture, in this case, both rural and urban. With most of us only getting the sound bites about Iran we hear on radio or TV, this will give an insight into the real people and culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet from beginning to end June 16, 2010
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Majid Majidi is one of a kind director. I've seen many movies from him, most of them have somewhat been sad or with a feeling of longing, yet I'm always compelled to see a new movie from this Iranian master of the films.

A song of sparrows is not sad, gladly, but sweet like honey, it's a movie to watch with all the family with an expectancy all over the film, for something better to happen. After all, that's the way we think in life, we expect something better always.

The actors are so realistic you think you're seeing a documentary of lives in a foreign culture. It's amazing what kids at a very young age can convey in a movie. I'm always enchanted by Majid Majidi so what can I tell you, I fully recommend this film to be seen by many of all ages. A trully masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iranian Movie September 13, 2010
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This Iranian movie offers insight into Iranian Culture. We have watched this movie along with half a dozen others from Iran in preparation for traveling to Iran later this month. Each movie seems to focus on some aspect of the culture - a a social issue of the culture. Such movies offer us an opportunity to learn more about the country beyond the mostly negative take on Iran that is projected by the US news media. I believe that you can get a list of the some of the movies that are available from Iran by doing a search on Amazon. They have others available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars majestic! May 12, 2011
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This Iranian director, Majid Majidi, must be greatly talented to have created this masterpiece that subtle and
so compelling. It tells about a poor man's brief
odyssey (to get his daughter's broken hearing aid fixed) from his humble village to the capital, Teheran, where he confronts and falls prey to the city's materialism. It's
a spiritual journey, if you will, with the poignant realization in the end that the material things of this world are all but worthless junk that can plunge you to destruction and misery eventually.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt
I bought this mostly to understand the culture better and love listening to the language. The story was fascinating, and goes from high to low, from a bit brutal to aesthetics,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Booklearner
3.0 out of 5 stars Only three stars because I don't feel it was finished!
Having just finished this, I am feeling frustrated. The ending was not clear at all, and so many story lines were left unfinished! For example, did he go back to Tehran? Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Tea&BookLover
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed review
We were unable to get subtitles to work, and I don't speak Farsi, so not the most satisfying movie I've seen this year. I loved his other work.
Published on January 21, 2011 by columba
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Iran and real human life
What I saw was a VCD that I purchased in Teheran. So there wasn't an English subtitle but just a Persian language. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by Masaaki Kurosu
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Film from Iran
I rented "The Song of Sparrows" because, frankly, I was interested in seeing an Iranian movie. Having watched it, I acknowledge that there are a number of interesting scenes in... Read more
Published on June 30, 2010 by Randy Keehn
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies about Iran
Delightful, never boring, and accessible to a Western audience, this has got to be one of the most artistically impressive films I know of about Iran. Read more
Published on May 28, 2010 by Caraculiambro
4.0 out of 5 stars a simple delight
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Published on May 15, 2010 by moineau
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