Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman)
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Two children concoct an elaborate scheme to cover up the loss of a pair of shoes in this family drama from Iran. Ali (Mohammad Amir Naji) and Zahra (Mir Farrokh Hashemian) are a brother and sister growing up in a poor neighborhood. Ali is given the responsibility of picking up Zahra's shoes from the repair shop, since she needs them to attend school. Ali makes the mistake of setting them down outside a market, and moments later they're swiped by a beggar. Ali and Zahra are convinced that their parents will be furious when they discover the shoes have been lost, since they can't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...Majidi and his young actors invest it with such basic truth about the inner lives of children that the movie feels as big as the universe."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A truly revolutionary film."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"One of the most gentle social commentaries you are ever likely to see, with heartwrenching performances from two young (non-actor) children. This will melt your heart."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"a sweet film about a boy, his sister and shoes. ** Interview **"
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Proof that it doesn't take an elaborate story to make a terrific film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Children of Heaven serves as a heart warming meditation about real goodness in humanity"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The result is a perfectly safe film for living in a totalitarian country."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
"Iranian social realism with runaway charm"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"This bright jewel of a film is a cross-cultural masterpiece that touches the heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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