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The Color of Paradise

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In THE COLOR OF PARADISE, an eight-year-old boy named Mohammed attends a school for blind children in Tehran. When summer vacation arrives, the parents of the other children arrive to take them home. Mohammed's widowed coal worker father, Hashem, however, arrives hours late, then asks a teacher if Mohammed can stay at the school permanently. When his request is refused, Hashem takes his son on a cross-country journey to their family home in northern Iran. While Hashem is dour and visibly burdened, Mohammed's senses are overloaded with the sounds, scents, and textures of the lush natural surroundings along the way. At the family farm, Mohammed is reunited with his two young sisters and his adoring Granny, with whom the young boy has a spiritual bond. When Hashem is given the chance to marry a young woman from a strict Islamic family, he worries that his son will destroy his chance of approval from her family, so he sends the boy off to a remote part of Iran to be a carpenter's apprentice. Initially, the boy feels abandoned but eventually grows accustomed to his new environment. Back at the family farm, however, Hashem's selfishness destroys the bucolic peace as it touches each member of his family in a different destructive manner. THE COLOR OF PARADISE is an intelligent, moving experience, featuring outstanding direction from Majid Majidi and a terrific cast.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 05606

  • Credits
    Mohsen Ramezani, Hossein Mahjoub, Salime Feizi, Elham Sharifi, Farahnaz Safari
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Mohsen Ramezani is an enthusiastic, vivacious presence..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Stunningly beautiful....A devastating movie and yet another gem to spring from one of the world's most vital national cinemas..."
    New York Times

    "...Fine performances and fierce honesty..."
    Box Office

    "...Majidi has a way with children, and his rapport with little Mohsen Ramezani is remarkable....THE COLOR OF PARADISE is a powerful experience..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Deliberately simple....It is made with delicacy and beauty. The soundtrack is alive with natural sounds..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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