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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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.

Jun 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.

Apr 30, 2007 | Full Review…

A truly revolutionary film.

Jan 8, 2007 | Full Review…

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

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

Iranian social realism with runaway charm

Dec 1, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

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

½

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

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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

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½

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

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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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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