Wednesday, October 01, 2008

228 Children of Heaven

This is one movie that can be watched by a 3 year old baby as well as a 70 year old human being and both these age groups will definitely be touched by this gem of a movie.This was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. It lost the "Best Foreign Film" award to Life is Beautiful in 1998.

The story revolves around Zahra and her big brother Ali. Ali is in third grade and Zarra is in class one. The love they have for each other is marvellous and I would ask all parents to make their kids watch this movie. It is indeed a classic example of one of the best brother-sister love ever caught on screen.

In the movie, Ali takes his little sister Zahra's shoes to the shoemaker to be repaired, but loses them on the way home. The siblings decide to keep the predicament a secret from their parents, knowing that there is no money to buy a replacement pair and fearing that they will be punished. They devise a scheme to share Ali's sneakers: Zahra will wear them to school in the morning and hand them off to Ali at midday so he can attend afternoon classes. This uncomfortable arrangement leads to one adventure after another as they attempt to hide the plan from their parents and teachers, attend to their schoolwork and errands, and acquire a new pair of shoes for Zahra. Zahra sees the shoes on a schoolmate's feet, and follows her home, but the two soon become friends.

Ali enters a high-profile children's footrace in the hope of receiving the third prize of a new pair of sneakers. He accidentally places first and wins another prize instead. The film ends with Zahra finding out that she will not get a new pair of shoes, but there is a quick shot of their father's bicycle at the end of the movie that shows what appears to be the red shoes Zahra had been focusing on earlier and another pair of white sneakers, presumably for Ali, whose old sneakers were torn from so much use. The film ends with the final shot showing blisters on Ali's feet.(This scene will make everyone cry)

I watched this movie with a four year old kid. Certain scenes from the movie welled both our eyes. I was really amazed by the effort put in by the director in pulling out the emotions of the audience irrespective of their agegroups.. Majid Majidi has become one of my favorite directors. now.


Note: The owner of the red underwear has not contacted me yet. If no one owns responsibility, I will start using it


  1. sounds like a cute movie :)
    although, life is beautiful is one of my all time fav movies.. have you seen it?

    and the note at the end! gawd!! :D

  2. i should get hold on this movie, i guess..!!

  3. I have seen this movie.
    I was so touched by it specially when the boy finishes the race as the first though he tries a lot to come third for those shoes.
    And then also at the times wen the brother and the sister exchange the shoes.
    I loved the movie very much.

  4. wanna see this for sure!

    I love kids and stories to do with kids...


  5. Sounds like a good one.

    'Life is beautiful' is also a cult movie of its kinds. No wonder it won the oscar.

  6. Wow ..where do i get this movie yaar?

  7. It sounds very sweet. Shall try to get a hold of it sometime.

  8. Yes I saw the ending of the movie on TV once. I saw the race. And I cudnt understand y the boy was crying in the end. Now I know. By the by, ur orkut account does not exist anymore?

  9. why cant our own directors make something like this? dont know why they waste money and time in making the most horrendous movies!

  10. My mother has seen this movie, and when she did, she cldnt stop raving bout how wonderful it was...n it did move her to tears

    Will watch it for sure

  11. @divya
    yes a very cute is beautiful is indeed another great one.. a father son love told in the most soecial way.. roberto bengni at his very best

    sure thing dude.. worth watching..

    thats good

    we both love kids..:)

    yes .. sad that bothe movies competed against each other and one had to give way for the other

    looks nice too

  12. @KN
    yes it is indeed a wonderful one

    come home.. i will play it for you

  13. @nitara
    yes sure do

    welcome back.. did you read the post?

    yes i deactivated my orkut account

    a few good directors out there too... we gotta be selective in our movies

  14. I ve seen this movie. Very cute indeed :) The kids keep running in the movie, I hardly ever remember them walking :)

  15. thanks for dropping by my blog. I loved this movie too. It is my fav

  16. this movie was also filmed in Chinese by a Singaporean director.
    Really touching story


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