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  • Nov 3, 2009
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As the story opens, young Ali is picking up his sister's shoes from the repair shop. On the way home, the shoes are inadvertently lost and Ali must tell his little sister Zahra they are gone. The family has no money for new shoes and Ali fears they will both be beaten, so they don't tell their parents but come up with a plan: Zahra will wear Ali's shoes to school in the morning and he will wear them in the afternoon.

This Iranian film is absolutely charming. We see the world through the children's eyes...the harsh realities of their poverty and the contrasting luxury Ali sees when he helps his father as a gardener. Ali risks serious consequences by sticking with the plan and Zahra's heart longs for the beautiful shoes of her classmates. The children who play the leads are natural actors, completely believable and sympathetic; sadly, this was their only movie.

I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and the long-distance race at the end is really exciting. Highly recommended, but keep the tissues handy. (In Persian with English subtitles.)

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November 04, 2009
This sounds a little sad but very enlightening and interesting! I'll have to add it to my Netflix queue!
November 04, 2009
I saw this movie in my Intercultural Relations class in college, I loved it! I've been looking for it so I could show it to my husband but my local library doesn't have it. Now that you reminded me of it I saw that Google actually has the whole film in two parts! You could even embed it into the review if you want :)
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Quick Tip by . March 29, 2010
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What a great movie to see with the whole family! Sweet, heartwarming, charming, honest, and compassionate :)
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: February 5, 1999
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 28min
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