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

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

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1987 Limited

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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 opens Ahmed (Ahmed Ahmed Poor), a grade schooler, watches as his teacher (Kheda Barech Defai) berates a fellow student, Mohammed (Babek Ahmed Poor), for repeatedly failing to use his notebook for his homework , threatening expulsion on the next offense. When Ahmed

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Art House & International, Drama

Abbas Kiarostami

Sep 25, 1996

Mongrel Media

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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.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

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

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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

April 29, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

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.

January 8, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

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

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Kiarostami's relentless pursuit is poetically evocative.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

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 friend's notebook by mistake and must return it to keep his friend from being expelled, but he doesn't know where the friend lives. the boy is blocked at every turn in his quest to do the right thing by adults who won't listen or help. nerve wracking suspense! and i am only half joking :p
December 28, 2012
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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 compelling. The child can squeeze in places and situations much more efficiently than an adult could in the same situation.
January 7, 2013
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