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...Majidi and his young actors invest it with such basic truth about the inner lives of children that the movie feels as big as the universe.
Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere.
A truly revolutionary film.
Proof that it doesn't take an elaborate story to make a terrific film.
Iranian social realism with runaway charm
One of the most gentle social commentaries you are ever likely to see, with heartwrenching performances from two young (non-actor) children. This will melt your heart.
Children of Heaven serves as a heart warming meditation about real goodness in humanity
This bright jewel of a film is a cross-cultural masterpiece that touches the heart.
a sweet film about a boy, his sister and shoes. ** Interview **
It feels almost impossible not to love these two adorable young children who carry on their shoulders this beautiful tale of innocence, poverty and compassion - a film that pulls us with such power into the situation faced by its characters that we can't be left unmoved.
Benevolent and powerful, The Children Of Heaven follows a brother and a sister of a destitute family in Iran whose relationship is challenged by a lost pair of shoes. Beautiful and sincere, Children Of Heaven is of compassion and determination with a heightened sense of responsibility. Children Of Heaven believes in the pure heart and goodness of humanity. Heavenly disarming.
Nice overall, except for the abrupt ending. The director does give us hints which can be easily interpreted, but I'd have preferred it elaborated. I mean, when they didn't mind giving us half to one minute shots of kids running at various points (which we could have easily understood even if it was relatively lesser in duration & number of times it is repeated) why leave out ending to piece it out by ourselves??? It'd have been better to see the kids' reactions to what is rather left to our imagination. But do check it out for what it is otherwise: a sweet tale with amazing performances by the kids.
A young boy & his little sister are forced to make sacrifices for each other as they attempt to share an old pair of sneakers.. The Children of Heavin is a beautiful illustration of how adversity draws people closer together.
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