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Children of Heaven

March 1, 2010

Children of Heaven is an Iranian film that I watched again a few days back. It’s the story of a brother and sister and their adventure over a lost pair of shoes. One day, Ali loses her sister Zahra’s only pair of (mended) shoes while on his way back to home. The family is too poor to afford a new pair of shoes so Ali requests Zahra not to tell anything about the lost shoes to their parents and in return he offers her to use his pair of sneakers for school. They switch the sneakers when Zahra gets back from school and Ali rushes for his afternoon classes. Then one day Ali gets a chance of winning a pair of brand new sneakers and he decides to compete for it. Ali does win but… the sneakers remain as elusive as ever.

The movie is very simple yet touchy, inspiring and an absolute gem. It shows the subtle love and care that Ali has for Zahra and is ready to do anything to make her comfortable and happy. He gives her a new pencil – apparently it seems as if he’s bribing her so that she keeps the mum but later in the movie he also gives her a golden pen that he had received as a gift from his teacher just to make his sister happy. And finally when he makes up his mind for taking part in the marathon it is only for Zahra so that he could win a new pair of sneakers for her. I have never yearned for small, everyday use items like that yet I could totally understand the sentiments of Ali and Zahra.

I am quite fond of foreign movies and especially Iranian movies have totally taken me by surprise due to the good quality and powerful scripts. Although most of the movies I’ve watched are showcased in the film festivals but still if I compare Iranian cinema with Pakistani cinema, I find the former much superior to the latter one. Pakistan has no dearth of talent but making one noticeable movie in 3-4 years doesn’t make any cinema a competitive one. Exclude Khuda Ke Liye, Khamosh Pani & Ramchand Pakistani there is no worth watching or worth talking movie in the whole last decade. Some of the Iranian movies I liked and watched were Children of Heaven, Baran (The rain), Turtles Can Fly, The Color of Paradise (Rung-e-Khuda), The White Balloon etc. to name a few.

That’s true movies represent the colors of one’s country in an international arena and film festivals and it is always nice seeing Iran through the cinematic medium!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2010 12:12 pm

    I remember watching TARAAJ on PTV, on chauda august something, kaafi pehlay.

    Then watched GHAREEB-e-TOUS (play on history something) few months ago. lubed it bery much.

    In children of Heaven, the kid in lead role is very talented; original expressions. wud look for the english subtitles’ copy & complete watching it soon.

    • March 2, 2010 6:13 pm

      I haven’t watched any of the movies you’ve mentioned! 🙄

      Yes, both the kids did a wonderful job!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 1, 2010 3:50 pm

    Persians have always had a good taste !!
    (Babylonian connection i guess..)

  3. March 2, 2010 6:05 am

    Iran and iranians are always inspiration for me for no good reason but somehow i feel if they really really follow thier original culture, its worth enough…
    i didnt watch all mentioned movies ad would like to watch em… 🙂
    i wish i could make it soon 😛

  4. March 2, 2010 6:57 pm

    The movie review you presented looks good :-). Will try watching the movie…

  5. zindagi-ki-diary permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:06 pm

    Silent Water was one heck of a work…….

  6. March 4, 2010 2:59 pm

    my first impression on coming across your above noted post was that it has been copied from my blog. but a detailed reading of the said post revealed that you are just another admirer like me to this wonderful movie masterpiece.

    you can go through my post at,


    • March 6, 2010 2:30 pm

      I had commented on your blog back then! I didn’t know the title of the movie but after reading your blog got to know it 🙂

  7. March 10, 2010 5:05 am

    I agree absolutely fantastic cinema. And the child actors have so authentically carried off their role. I love Iranian cinema, probably it is my love for Farsi, but somehow it connects me to the 90s Bombay I grew up in..And I miss that…

    Iranian cinema is probably more substance because they use art to express what is otherwise prohibited in a democracy. And those are the no frills, hard hitting, endearing cinemas that strike a cord with your heart. Because those always have a universal appeal, no matter where you come from…

    • March 23, 2010 6:56 pm

      I used to think otherwise about the Iranian cinema earlier. ‘Otherwise’ means – non interesting and sub-standard!

  8. March 11, 2010 10:18 am

    I watched the said movie quite some time back. And I loved it! The best part is, Iranian cinema has a knach of making very meaningful movies with real social connotations, unless our home industry *dismayed* In fact, Iranian cinema is hailed among the world’s best cinema industries 😉

    • March 23, 2010 7:00 pm

      I agree with the meaningful movies part totally!

  9. Natasha permalink
    March 21, 2010 9:23 pm

    Nice movie.Atleast somewhere in the world movie making is not all about dancing,singing,violence and sex.

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