Majid Majidi (Persian: مجید مجیدی , born 17 April 1959 in Tehran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director, film producer and screenwriter. Majidi’s films have touched on many themes and genres and he has won many international awards.
Born in an Iranian middle class family, he grew up in Tehran and at the age of 14 he started acting in amateur theater groups. He then studied at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Tehran.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films, most notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Boycott in 1985.
As of 2004, Majidi was the only Iranian director who has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with the film Children of Heaven in 1998. He lost the award to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni.
Majidi has directed three other feature films since Children of Heaven: The Color of Paradise… read more
A conceptually interesting film rich in symbolism, with glimpses of Tarkovksy-esque spiritual meditations that explore Man and his relationship to Reality in the face of knowledge; however, Majiid's vision, much like the film's protagonist, winds up blurry, flawed, and falters under its own reliance on cliched sentimentalism.
That's part of it, but I think the overall point of the movie is about the main character's – and man's – relationship with God. It's all in the final scene when he rereads his prayers to God before he regained his sight. The promises he made and then failed to keep once his sight was restored. The reality-knowledge thing is the problem, but it's not the ultimate point.