The Color of Paradise (2000)


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Director Majid Majidi, whose Bacheha-Ye Aseman/Children Of Heaven was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an American Academy Award, returns with another compassionate story of children in need. Mohammad (Moshen Ramezani) is a student at a special school for blind children in Tehran; when summer break rolls around, Mohammad is the last student to be picked up by his family. His mother is dead, and his father (Hossein Mahjub), who earns a meagre wage working in a charcoal producing plant, sometimes considers abandoning the boy. However, father does eventually arrive, and Mohammad spends the summer with his sisters and grandmother at a farm surrounding by dazzling fields of wild flowers. The summer in the country is a joyous experience for Mohammad, until he discovers his father is giving thoughts to re-marrying, and considers his handicapped son to be a stumbling block in his future matrimonial plans.

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Farahnaz Safari
as Big Sister
Elham Sharifi
as LIttle Sister
Behzad Rafiee
as Village Teacher
Mohamad Rahmani
as Schoolteacher
Morteza Fatemi
as Carpenter
Kamal Mirkarimi
as Schoolmaster
Masoome Zinati
as Young Woman
Zahra Mizani
as Schoolteacher
Ahmed Aminian
as Young Wife's Father
Moghadam Behboodi
as Village Headmaster
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Critic Reviews for The Color of Paradise

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

A modest and accessible Iranian film, softer than most but still intriguing.

Aug 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

When more film lovers discover the visual beauty of this film and continue to be haunted by its imagery, Majidi's films will surely receive more screenings in the states

Jul 14, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Visually stunning and emotionally uncommonly graceful and deeply moving portrayal of the hopes and desolation of childhood.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

We find what people are made of, and it isn't always comforting.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It tells with sophisticated simplicity a not so simple story of faith and unconditional love and the sadness that comes to one who falls short in both.

Jan 1, 2000

A convincing spiritual parable about the bounties of grace and the emptiness of a life not filled with gratitude to God.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Color of Paradise


Achieves beauty through simplicity.

George Matalliotakis
George Matalliotakis

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This was relatively a great relief after having a head exploding experience through 'The Song Of Sparrows'.

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Rang-e Khoda (literal translation from Persian: The Color of God), is an Iranian film well written and directed by Majid Majidi. It is warm, innocently honest drama which revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed. His father takes him home from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation. Mohammed's father, who is a widower, wants to marry a local widow but his blind son is an obstacle because he fears the girl's family will see that as a bad omen. The innocent child touches and feels the nature around him, counting the sounds of animals, and imitating them. He displays a unique attitude towards nature, and seems to understand its rhythms and textures as a language. Going back to the village is not the best choice but... Watch this wonderful movie to see what happens next! Solid acting by Hussein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi and Farahnaz Safari but the full enjoyment was a little bit spoiled by the really bad camera used... I guess they didn't have better!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

A strong, moving tale of beauty and faith. Ramezani (blind in real life) plays a blind boy returning home for the summer from his school for the blind. He is considered a burden by his father, whom pities himself more than his son. The message of the film is one against self-pity. Mohammad finds beauty everywhere he goes, and it is captured in every frame. Seeing him find a bird fallen from its nest and returning it is a lengthy, simple, but captivating scene. Once he returns home, Mohammad reunites with his sisters and Grandmother. They all treat Mohammad as an equal, and use his "disability" to experience the world in new ways. It's difficult to capture the struggles of the blind in a visual medium, so looking at the unique feelings is a much more appropriate way of handling the subject. He amazes a teacher by reading with braille, he focuses on the sounds of birds, and he holds his breath as he hears the waves about to crash over his feet. Mahjoob plays the father well, but his self-pity becomes a chore for the viewer. He isn't cruel in an evil sense, just too whiny to really connect with. The sound department do a great job at singling out specific sounds as Mohammad analyses the world around him. Simple and powerful, The Color of Paradise shows true emotion through its unrivaled photography of the Iranian countryside.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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