Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999)



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The Children of Heaven follows the relationship between an impoverished brother and sister, Ali and Zahra, who are thrust into a difficult circumstance. They choose to solve their problem themselves, without telling their parents, in their own unique way. What follows is a tender, moving tale of compassion, determination and deep family love.

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Mohammad Amir Naji
as Ali's Father
Fereshte Sarabandi
as Ali's Mother
Kamal Mirkarimi
as Assistant
Dariush Mokhtari
as Ali's Teacher
Masume Dair
as Roya's Mother
Kambiz Peykarnegar
as Race Organizer
Hasan Roohparvari
as Race Photographer
Jafar Seyfollahi
as Green Grocer
Qolamreza Maleki
as Salt Seller
Zahra Mirzai
as Zahra's Teacher
Sara Zamani
as Trainer
Mohammad Haj-Hosseini
as Mosque Servant
Kazem Asqarpoor
as Grand Father
Seyd-Ali Hosseini
as Ali's Friend
Ahmad Mokhber
as Mash Ramezan
Golnaz Tariqat
as Ms. Koubab
Mash-Ebrahim Safari
as Ali's Father's Friend
Davud Shams
as Shoe Seller
Azade Qale Noi
as Video Cameraman
Faramarz Safarizadeh
as Video Cameraman
Hossein Ahamdloo
as Photographer
Siamak Haj-Amini
as Photographer
Soheil Haj-Amini
as Photographer
Javad Kazemi
as Referee
Mohammad Oskooi
as Award Presenter
Reza Dehghan
as Award Presenter
Ali Chaharian
as Award Presenter
Amir-Ali Kazemi
as First Runner
Navid Feyzabadi
as Second Runner/Third Runner
Pasha Shoja Zadeh
as Fourth Runner
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Critic Reviews for Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

...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.

June 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.

May 4, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere.

April 30, 2007 | Full Review…

A truly revolutionary film.

January 8, 2007 | Full Review…

Proof that it doesn't take an elaborate story to make a terrific film.

December 8, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Iranian social realism with runaway charm

December 1, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman)


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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