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Children of Heaven
(Bacheha-Ye Aseman)
"Lighthearted allegory"
Dir. and writ. Majid Majidi; feat. Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi (PG) An Iranian film from 1997, Children of Heaven is in Farsi with English subtitles. Despite this, Roger Ebert claimed in his review that, "Children of Heaven is very nearly a perfect movie for children, and of course that means adults will like it, too. ... The theme of this movie is so universal there is not a child who will not be wide-eyed with interest and suspense."

The story follows two poor siblings, Ali and Zahra, who lose a pair of shoes and are afraid to tell their parents. Instead, they work out a scheme to trade the shoes off each day in such a way that nobody finds out. Eventually, a potential solution presents itself: a school race Ali decides to enter, in which third prize is a pair of running shoes. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999.

Texas Public Radio's Cinema Tuesdays: Children of Heaven
Tuesday, August 20
$10 members, $12 non-members
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