Children Of Heaven
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Triumph prize winner at many prestigious film festivals, this uplifting, crowd-pleasing story of family and love was also moniated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film! When Ali loses his sister Zahra's school shoes, this young pair dream up a plan to stay out of trouble: they'll share his shoes and keep it a secret from their parents! But if they're going to successfuly cover their tracks, Ali and Zahra must carefully watch their step on what rapidly turns into a funny and heartwarming adventure! A magical motion picture acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Children Of Heaven is a charming treat you'll love, too!
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Its story is entertaining and subtle. Surprisingly even jaded people (like me) found it pleasing. Further, it contains some social-political criticism, the childrens' distrust of adults and their noble behavior make them a symbol of the oppressed. (My friend says it references the classic "The Bicycle Thief" in this regard.) Even if such symbolism isn't for you, the beauty and sweetness of the story is.
The color and sound of this movie are first-rate. I expected foreign-film standards, but they are even better than most Hollywood movies. Even with a mediocre story, they would stand out.
Another great aspect of the movie is its portrayal of life in Iran. Here is a beautiful country, so misunderstood in the West (especially America), intimate details of its life showing us the humanity of "our enemies."
I guarantee you will like this movie, because it appeals to everyone.
The story line sounds simple and quite boring.. It's most definitely not..
You don't have to be a child like Ali or Zahra to understand the simplicity of love, truth and achieving goals.. Although this movie is set in a very low income area in Iran, it touches on the daily trials and tribulations that everyone around the world, rich or poor, have experienced several times in their lifetime.. Right from wrong, financial priorities, stress from things just not leaning your way and overall happiness..
Ali shows true concern for his family and others.. His mother is ill and Ali chooses to stay with her instead of playing with his friends.. His father becomes timid trying to find work in the city and Ali steps in to help him and ends up finding a job for him.. Of course Zahra needs shoes for school.. Ali accidentally lost the shoes, and makes every effort to find them or replace them.. This is the plot of the movie, but don't think that this movie will bore you because it's about a pair of shoes..
I have to honestly say out of the thousands of movies I've seen in my lifetime, this has to be one of the top ten.. Not for cinematography, special effects, soundtracks or Hollywood movie stars, but for the message, the portrayal, the feeling and the wonderful acting and depiction of feeling and thought with little to no words..
Rent this movie, you will not be disappointed.. When Ali falls down towards the end of the film, I was at the edge of my seat rooting for him with joy while crying with sadness at the same time.. This movie truly touches you.. If you have a heart, you won't just watch this movie, you will FEEL it..