(out of 5)
A little boy lives in Tehran with his very poor family and runs errands while his mother stays home sick after the birth of a new baby. When he picks up his little sister’s shoes from a man who repaired them and they accidentally get taken by a street vendor, his sister faces the dire prospect of not being able to go to school. Their father makes very little money and cannot afford to buy her a new pair until at least the end of the month, leaving the children no choice but to find creative ways to make his pair of sneakers last for the two of them. There are no great overtures in Majid Majidi’s sweet-natured film, only the simple magic that exists in the lives of children in even these dire circumstances. The children give astonishing performances full of emotion and depth, and the film’s climax constantly threatens to turn Disney but thankfully never does.
Directed by Majid Majidi
Screenplay by Majid Majidi
Cinematography by Parviz Malekzaade
Music by Kayvan Jahanshahi
Film Editing by Hassan Hassandoost