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The Color of Paradise (2000)

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100

Average Rating: 8.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Director Majid Majidi, whose Bacheha-Ye Aseman/Children Of Heaven was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an American Academy Award, returns with another compassionate story of children in need. Mohammad (Moshen Ramezani) is a student at a special school for blind children in Tehran; when summer break rolls around, Mohammad is the last student to be picked up by his family. His mother is dead, and his father (Hossein Mahjub), who earns a meagre wage working in a charcoal producing plant,

PG,

Art House & International, Drama

Majid Majidi

Sep 19, 2000

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4) | DVD (6)

A modest and accessible Iranian film, softer than most but still intriguing.

August 14, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

When more film lovers discover the visual beauty of this film and continue to be haunted by its imagery, Majidi's films will surely receive more screenings in the states

July 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Visually stunning and emotionally wrenching...an uncommonly graceful and deeply moving portrayal of the hopes and desolation of childhood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

We find what people are made of, and it isn't always comforting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It tells with sophisticated simplicity a not so simple story of faith and unconditional love and the sadness that comes to one who falls short in both.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A convincing spiritual parable about the bounties of grace and the emptiness of a life not filled with gratitude to God.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The entire film is memorable in its sweet simplicity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Audience Reviews for The Color of Paradise

This was relatively a great relief after having a head exploding experience through 'The Song Of Sparrows'.
April 17, 2011
imrealgod

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A strong, moving tale of beauty and faith. Ramezani (blind in real life) plays a blind boy returning home for the summer from his school for the blind. He is considered a burden by his father, whom pities himself more than his son. The message of the film is one against self-pity. Mohammad finds beauty everywhere he goes, and it is captured in every frame. Seeing him find a bird fallen from its nest and returning it is a lengthy, simple, but captivating scene. Once he returns home, Mohammad reunites with his sisters and Grandmother. They all treat Mohammad as an equal, and use his "disability" to experience the world in new ways. It's difficult to capture the struggles of the blind in a visual medium, so looking at the unique feelings is a much more appropriate way of handling the subject. He amazes a teacher by reading with braille, he focuses on the sounds of birds, and he holds his breath as he hears the waves about to crash over his feet. Mahjoob plays the father well, but his self-pity becomes a chore for the viewer. He isn't cruel in an evil sense, just too whiny to really connect with. The sound department do a great job at singling out specific sounds as Mohammad analyses the world around him. Simple and powerful, The Color of Paradise shows true emotion through its unrivaled photography of the Iranian countryside.
August 31, 2010
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Achieves beauty through simplicity.
February 16, 2012
George Matalliotakis

Super Reviewer

Rang-e Khoda (literal translation from Persian: The Color of God), is an Iranian film well written and directed by Majid Majidi. It is warm, innocently honest drama which revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed. His father takes him home from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation. Mohammed's father, who is a widower, wants to marry a local widow but his blind son is an obstacle because he fears the girl's family will see that as a bad omen.

The innocent child touches and feels the nature around him, counting the sounds of animals, and imitating them. He displays a unique attitude towards nature, and seems to understand its rhythms and textures as a language. Going back to the village is not the best choice but... Watch this wonderful movie to see what happens next!

Solid acting by Hussein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi and Farahnaz Safari but the full enjoyment was a little bit spoiled by the really bad camera used... I guess they didn't have better!
February 8, 2011
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Foreign Titles

  • Die Farben des Paradieses (DE)
  • The Color of Paradise (Rang-e khoda) (CA)
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