Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)
Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987)

The film that established director Abbas Kiarostami's reputation outside his native Iran, Where Is the Friend's Home? tells a simple story in such a spare fashion, many critics found its impact to be almost subliminal. As the film… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: September 25, 1996
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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

On one level Kiarostami paints a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another he reminds how us kids get lost in the grown-up world of business and responsibility.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

The closest thing I've ever seen to an Iranian action film.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kiarostami's relentless pursuit is poetically evocative.

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Fernando F. Croce

Or: How the whole world can fit into an Our Gang episode

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Jeremy Heilman

It's only because so many directors have done more with a similar set-up that Where is the Friend's Home? feels somewhat lacking.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I highly recommend all of Abbas Kiarostami's films, but to start with I'd suggest Where Is the Friend's Home, the simplest and most moving of his films.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Even though very little takes place, the eighty-three minutes seem to fly by in real time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Kiarostami crafts an incredibly sensitive and deceptively simple film that shows a lot about a strict society in which adults don't listen to children,… More
Stella Dallas
a really simple and lovely film that's a good place to start with kiarostami. the untrained child actors are marvelous here. a young boy has taken his… More
John Ballantine
Cute but saddening tale from Kiarostami. Another great slice of Iranian life from the master director. I think the viewpoint of a child makes this all the more… More