Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987)




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The film that established director Abbas Kiarostami's reputation outside his native Iran, Where Is the Friend's Home? tells a simple story in such a spare fashion, many critics found its impact to be almost subliminal. As the film opens Ahmed (Ahmed Ahmed Poor), a grade schooler, watches as his teacher (Kheda Barech Defai) berates a fellow student, Mohammed (Babek Ahmed Poor), for repeatedly failing to use his notebook for his homework , threatening expulsion on the next offense. When Ahmed returns home, he realizes he's accidentally taken Mohammed's notebook. Against his mother's orders, he sets out in search Mohammed's house, encountering false leads, dead ends, and distractions as he attempts to enlist adults in his search. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

All Critics (8)

On one level Kiarostami paints a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another he reminds how us kids get lost in the grown-up world of business and responsibility.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

Or: How the whole world can fit into an Our Gang episode

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

I highly recommend all of Abbas Kiarostami's films, but to start with I'd suggest Where Is the Friend's Home, the simplest and most moving of his films.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The closest thing I've ever seen to an Iranian action film.

April 29, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

It's only because so many directors have done more with a similar set-up that Where is the Friend's Home? feels somewhat lacking.

Full Review… | January 8, 2003

Even though very little takes place, the eighty-three minutes seem to fly by in real time.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

Cute but saddening tale from Kiarostami. Another great slice of Iranian life from the master director. I think the viewpoint of a child makes this all the more compelling. The child can squeeze in places and situations much more efficiently than an adult could in the same situation.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

a really simple and lovely film that's a good place to start with kiarostami. the untrained child actors are marvelous here. a young boy has taken his friend's notebook by mistake and must return it to keep his friend from being expelled, but he doesn't know where the friend lives. the boy is blocked at every turn in his quest to do the right thing by adults who won't listen or help. nerve wracking suspense! and i am only half joking :p

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

One of the few films that I truly admire and recommend EVERYONE to watch at least once in a lifetime. Why is it so beautiful and making me wanna cry just watching a boy running for his friends?

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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