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Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009)



Critic Consensus: A heartfelt, affecting parable, The Song of Sparrows is another gem from Iranian director Majid Majidi.

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Fired from his job on an ostrich farm after one of the birds runs away and he is blamed for the loss, a man becomes so obsessed with collecting useless rubbish that he begins to neglect his wife and daughter while becoming completely oblivious to their familial hardships. Karim earned a decent living by working on the ostrich farm, so after he is fired he sets out on a futile attempt to locate the bird. One day, as Karim heads into town in order to have his daughter's hearing aid repaired, he offers a lift to a wandering man and decides that there is good money in the taxi business. But as his connection to the people of the city grows stronger, his personality begins to transform. Every day, Karim returns home with a new haul of useless junk, giving his picturesque courtyard the appearance of a sprawling junkyard. When his wife offers a spare door from the courtyard to a neighbor in need, Karim completely looses his cool and sets out to retrieve the door. When Karim stumbles and breaks his foot while rummaging through his second-hand goods, the kindness of neighbors makes him realize that his priorities have taken a turn for the worse.more
Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Majid Majidi, Mehran Kashani
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 9, 2010
Regent Releasing - Official Site


Reza Naji
as Karim
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Critic Reviews for Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows)

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18)

At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, Sparrows is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling -- and Naji's superb acting.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

At times tedious but ultimately beguiling, Song of Sparrows morphs from a sly dramedy about running a household into a fable about two ways of life (urban and rural) that can't coexist.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

The images in The Song of Sparrows have a poetic grace that's to be desired in storytelling.

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
Boston Globe
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It is somehow congenial to feel that we are watching a tale that could have been told elsewhere.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
The New Republic
Top Critic

Delicate and sturdy.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

The Song of Sparrows is a sweet and uplifting humanistic fable that celebrates the joys of community and pastoral life over a harried and materialistic urban existence.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows)

A film that could only be seen at a number of film festivals and that's why I am thankful there are Film Festivals. This movie is from Iraq and its about a man who works on a ostrich farm until one gets away, then he goes to Tehran where he is mistaken for a motorcycle cabbie. Just an over all good movie about life of one man in Iraq. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

An ok movie. Some of the scenes are just great, like trying to find the ostrich, discovering all the things you can transport on a motorbike (answer: Lots!), cleaning a sewer and trying to get a hearing aid. Still, these moments seem to have happened more by accident than design -- short stories stitched together. All this could have led to a nice conclusion, but it seemed to go really nowhere to me.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

More proof to the fact that iranian cinema is hopeless, sentimental, shallow & cliche approach to the cliche 'city life corrupts' thing plus some other uninteresting themes that none of them has been explored well, The film's few interesting & good moments are the ones with Karim & the Ostriches & there a few impressive sequences here & there, Also those spoiled kids with their stupid dream were annoying as hell

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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