Sunday, October 21, 2007

Children of Heaven

The Iranian film Children of Heaven is a story of family. A little boy loses his sister's only pair of shoes. The family cannot afford another pair, so they share a pair of sneakers. The little boy enters a footrace that has a prize of a new pair of sneakers. A wonderful story of responsibility, family and community. I get teased about noticing people's shoes, so shoes as a plot device works well for me. There are several sequences with just shoes, that communicates a search, achievement and even a tense chase scene. In the end, the shoes are a symbol of love and support. The children in this film are charming, it is beautifully filmed. I have no idea where I found this film, but it is well worth a look.

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