When Ali loses his sister Zahra’s school shoes, this young pair dream up a plan to stay out of trouble: they’ll share his shoes and keep it a secret! But if they’re going to cover their tracks, the kids must carefully watch their step on what rapidly turns into a funny and heartwarming adventure.
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Majidi gets a lot of flack for not being Kiarostami, but he's a very fine filmmaker - critics be damned. One learns an important lesson about moviemaking here: in this quiet film where nothing much happens a children's foot race becomes more thrilling by far than the three hundredth thing blowing up loudly in a typical Hollywood bombast.
Some films are not watched but experienced.From the first few scenes,we know this will be a simple story of the everyday life of these two Iranian children. We become involved,seeing the genuine warmth and there is no need really for much dialogue. Brilliant.
TV. Some habitual recurrences of Iranian cinema, mostly a child protagonist "a bout de souffle", wandering for his aim. Also, and especially, stereotyped characters and situations, too recognizable. But, on the other hand, a narrative joy that values the architecture of spaces and an editing that structures and articulates them dialectically. And, of course, the wonderful children.
Strong similarities to 'The Bicycle Thieves'. This is a touching story of a family's affection and commitment to one another, fully tested by their exhausting lives in an impoverished neighbourhood. The narrative structure is lacking in parts, but the overall tone and performances just about carry it along; particularly the two young leads, who give a real sense of sibling devotion and co-dependence.
Led by outstanding performances from two exceptionally talented children and a pair of old sneakers, the film is an optimistic and heart-warming tale of affection and perseverance. Majidi also takes a realistic look at modern Iranian society, its people, way of life and social inequalities. The tale is told with much subtlety and humour, from an humanistic perspective and through the innocent eyes of children.