Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman)
Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999)

The Children of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance. They choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, in their… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 22, 1999
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Josh Larsen

...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.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

A truly revolutionary film.

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Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

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.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.

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Michael Dequina

Proof that it doesn't take an elaborate story to make a terrific film.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Children of Heaven serves as a heart warming meditation about real goodness in humanity

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly

Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

Iranian social realism with runaway charm

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This bright jewel of a film is a cross-cultural masterpiece that touches the heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It feels almost impossible not to love these two adorable young children who carry on their shoulders this beautiful tale of innocence, poverty and compassion -… More
Randy Tippy
A young boy & his little sister are forced to make sacrifices for each other as they attempt to share an old pair of sneakers.. <i>The Children of… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Benevolent and powerful, The Children Of Heaven follows a brother and a sister of a destitute family in Iran whose relationship is challenged by a lost pair of… More
Robert C
A really sweet film. An interesting look into the lives of Iranian family of modest means and more specifically into the loving relationship between a brother… More
familiar stranger
Nice overall, except for the abrupt ending. The director does give us hints which can be easily interpreted, but I'd have preferred it elaborated. I mean,… More
Leigh Ryan
So fantastic I don't even have enough words. I want this movie...