Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Song of Sparrows (آواز گنجشكها) (2008)

Director: Majid Majidi. Cast: Reza Najie, Hossein Aghazi, Maryam Akbari, Kamran Dehghan. 96 min. Rated PG. Iran. Drama.

Directed by the master of heartbreaking honesty, Majid Majidi (Color of God, The Children of Heaven). He does it once again, with a naive struggling (but often amusing) father at the heart of the story, giving a very clear picture of the insurmountable challenge to stay honest in a seductive world. The colorful cinematography (hundreds of goldfish spilling on the pavement is a scene to cherish) and the intelligent metaphors (how the new generation needs to clean up all the mud the old generation have left in their waterways), makes you wonder: Did Majidi predict the Green Movement was coming?

(PS: This was the film whose leading actor, Reza Najie, won the Silver Bear for Best Acting at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, right out of Daniel Day Lewis' grasp for There Will Be Blood.)

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