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

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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


Critic Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

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Audience Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

  • Apr 10, 2017
    Kiarostami crafts an incredibly sensitive and deceptively simple film that shows a lot about a strict society in which adults don't listen to children, creating a lingering impact on the viewer as we follow the action take place mostly from the point of view of a generous kid.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2013
    Iranian culture normally puts a lot of emphasis on children and the education they must receive in order to "be good contributors to society". The methods use are, of course, inappropriate and destructive, but that's life vicious cycle: unless a generation breaks the moral patterns established, they will keep on getting transmitted through heritage. This beautiful slice of everyday life makes us go deep into the mind of a child, a child that we once were. The film is so explicit in its emotions that we understand everything going on in his mind, the motives behind his actions and *bam*! Suddenly, we are focusing on adults for segments of around 6 minutes for contrast effects. Adulthood hypocrisy is a strong issue to deal with, but it is very satisfactory to see a talented filmmaker to put Iran on the map, question certain aspects of education and growth and focus on the little, audiovisual and sensory elements of life. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2012
    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 D Super Reviewer

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