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



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 1

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


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 0

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


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Majid Majidi, Mehran Kashani

Feb 9, 2010

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

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The images in The Song of Sparrows have a poetic grace that's to be desired in storytelling.

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

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Delicate and sturdy.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
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[A]stonishes with me its simplicity, its uncomplicated wisdom, its visual salience...

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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The lessons are unsubtle and the pace drags near the end, but Naji is wonderfully expressive, the production design is top-notch and the Iranian countryside is gorgeous.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A touching tearjerker that's also a celebration of traditional values against the dehumanizing tendencies of modern urban life...with even the most obvious moments saved by an underlying sweetness and poignancy.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Achingly poetic in a way that recalls the Italian neo-realism of The Bicycle Thief.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

It's sweet and has some sublime, poetic moments.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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...a very satisfying, sobering and hopeful film...

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's likable, but missable.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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The goldfish flopping in the sun is an image typical of Majid Majidi's films, fable-like and seemingly simple even as it is also complex.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

takes place a half a world away in a land of ostrich farms and refrigerators delivered...on the back of a motorbike, but Karim's foibles, his worries and joys, will be recognizable to anyone...

May 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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From a cross-cultural perspective "The Song of Sparrows" gives essential voice to the impoverished peasants of rural Iran.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

The story is so well told that the symbolism supports rather than sustains the plot.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Occasionally drags, but feels refreshingly down-to-earth and has enough gentle humor, striking visuals and thought-provoking use of symbolism to be mostly compelling and amusing.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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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
September 2, 2011
Bruce Bruce

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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.
December 21, 2010

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The Song of Sparrows is about ostrich-rancher Karim being fire from his jobs as he struggles to support his rural family in Iran. It tells a simple story in an effective manner. This film feature characters that are simple becoming more dynamic through the course of the film. These characters are wonderfully portrayed by the actors making this film a joy to watch. The actors make this a film worth investing in alone. It's visually interesting, heart wrenching, fun, and most important of all captivating. There's never a dull moment in this well made Iranian film.

The Song of Sparrows is a must watch for any movie lover. It's simple story that convey many emotions and in very artistic and heartfelt story that is easy to enjoy. Not much else to say, except go see it if you have not already.
December 29, 2012
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