I have watched this Iranian film maker’s two beautiful films- ‘Baran’ & ‘Father’ few months ago & he just bowled me over with his simple style of sensible film making portraying natural human emotions with universal themes. Thanks to Star Movies for showing this gem movie yesterday. It’s an experience I can’t express or justify in words.
Can any director make such a sensitive & sensible film on such a simple theme of stolen shoes? It’s one of the best foreign films I ever seen. The movie was also nominated in Oscar in Best foreign film category; why it didn’t win is a puzzling question.
What a simple & beautiful plot!
Ali takes his little sister’s Zahra’s shoes for repairing work, but loses them on the way home. The siblings decide to keep it a secret from their parents, not because they have fear of punishment but knowing that there is no money to buy a new pair. They make a joint settlement to share Ali’s sneakers: Zahra will wear them to school in the morning & return them off to Ali at midday so he can attend afternoon school. This arrangement leads to one after another troubles & adventures but yet they remain successful to hide their plan & secret from everybody.
Majid Majidi is not only director but an artist hard to find in today’s world & there’s so much purity & honesty in his natural cinema. With this he will stay in my favorite directors’ list permanently.My god what natural expressions & acting he got from two little children- Amir Hashemian (Ali) & Bahare Seddiqi( Zohra). One more thing noticeable in Majidi’s cinema is beautiful & symbolic Poetic ending. It is a scene to feel when the shoal of fish trying to touch the bruised feet of Ali !!!
A Masterpiece of Majid Majidi & Iranian Cinema.