The Color of Paradise (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Academy Award(r)-nominee Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven, Best Foreign Language Film, 1998) exploresthe world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father's crippling sense of shame in THE COLOR OF PARADISE. Mohammad is an energetic 8-year-old boy who is much like the other children in his small, Iranian village except in one regard, he is blind. But Mohammad doesn't let his lack of sight hinder him, indeed, his heightened remaining senses make him even more receptive to the world around him. Young Mohammad's optimism, however, is not shared by his widowed father, a bitter man who sees the boy's condition as nothing but a liability, especially as it pertains to his desire to marry the village beauty.
Majid Majidi, whose delightful Children of Heaven became the first Iranian film ever nominated for an Oscar, returns to the subject of children for this lush and lovely--if contrived--melodrama. A spirited blind boy with a passion for learning and life arrives home for a three-month break. He's loved by his giggly little sisters and adored by his gentle granny, but his widowed, self-pitying father sees him as a burden and is determined to foist him off on someone else before he remarries--specifically, a kindly blind carpenter who welcomes the boy with all his heart. Majidi is at his best exploring the texture of the boy's world--little hands feeling their way through a garden, the sounds of metal pencils punching out Braille pages, the shuffle of fingers on paper--and his imagery is delicate and lush. The story descends into scripted tragedy and a contrived, action-packed climax (unusual for a cinema known for its restraint), and the emotional tenor turns sentimental and cloying, but Majidi turns it all around with an astounding, heartbreakingly powerful final image. If there is one thing many Iranian films have in common, it's an unerring sense of how to end a film. This is one of the most affecting ever: beautiful, moving, simple, a glowing moment that crystallizes the entire movie. --Sean Axmaker
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"Children of Heaven" (the Farsi title, "Bacheha-ya Asseman," is closer in meaning to "Children of the Heavens" or "Celestial Children") is not so much a children's film as a film about children. It is a children's film almost in the same way that François Truffaut's "Small Change" (1976) is a children's film, although some of the subject matter of Truffaut's film demands more maturity on the part of the viewer. "Children of Heaven" tells the story of a young boy who inadvertantly loses his sister's shoes. Afraid to tell their parents, they share his sneakers, which is possible since their classes are staggered. The film is about how this catastrophe is resolved. Along the way we learn a lot about this poor Iranian family, all living together in one room, sleeping on mats on the floor. It is a wonderful story, full of warmth and growth, told from the boy's point of view. I dare not tell more. It is an excellent film. But "The Color of Paradise" is even better.
"The Color of Paradise" (in Farsi: "Rang-e Khoda," literally, "The Color of God") is a very different film, about a poor widower, living in a village near the Caspian Sea, trying to support his widowed mother and his three small children, one of whom, the boy, is blind. The father is hoping to remarry, and he is worried that the bride-to-be's supersticious family, if they learn that he has a blind son, will regard him as an unsuitable groom.Read more ›
The movie develops a sharp contrast between the boy and his father: despite the fact that he can see, his father is caught up in blind selfishness where he cares only about himself; Despite his blindness, Mohammad "sees" the beauty of life, and is full of wonder at the sounds of birds and the magnificence of creation. As the blind boy reads the Braille alphabet in nature and reaches out to its helpless creatures, it becomes evident that the abandoned baby bird he rescues, as well as the trapped fish and overturned turtle we see are really metaphors of Mohammad's own helplessness before his father. The boy's grandmother is a quiet figure, but she sees both her blind grandson's worth and her son's moral corruption.Read more ›
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This DVD was as promised and I really enjoyed it. I have pass it on to friends who thought it was great as well.Published on May 5 2012 by Jan Church
It was a good film; my Language Arts teacher showed it to us because we were doing a film unit, and he liked the use of sound (nature) and color (green) in the movie. Read morePublished on June 14 2007 by Judith Secon
It will be very dificult to enjoy movies after this one, it is very much above most. I am shure that movie directors and actors will have stop and go back to the drawing board... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Rafael Jimenez
Although there were some short happy moments (see cover), the story is extremely sad with no happy end! I was depressed and I was very sorry about that blind boy.... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by amazonka
This is quite possibly the best movie I have ever had the privilege of viewing. I have watched it 5 times and am moved beyond words each time. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by Seher Cezzaroglu
This is a truly remarkable film.
It also represents the kind of film experience that can serve to enoble its audience. Read more
I am finding myself rewriting this review, simply because my first attempt was woefully inadequate. I had written that if you wanted to have your heart broken and be brought to... Read morePublished on March 25 2003
Shakespearean tragedy, Iranian-style. Majid Majidi's *The Color of Paradise* is a masterpiece, better than his splendid *Children of Heaven* -- though I don't think this film... Read morePublished on March 8 2003
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