Color of Paradise


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Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Majid Majidi - Iranian Director
Theatrical Release: 1999
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 90 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: Persian, Modern

In THE COLOR OF PARADISE, an eight-year-old boy named Mohammed attends a school for blind children in Tehran. When summer vacation arrives, the parents of the other children arrive to take them home. Mohammed's widowed coal worker father, Hashem, however, arrives hours late, then asks a teacher if Mohammed can stay at the school permanently. When his request is refused, Hashem takes his son on a cross-country journey to their family home in northern Iran. While Hashem is dour and visibly burdened, Mohammed's senses are overloaded with the sounds, scents, and textures of the lush natural surroundings along the way. At the family farm, Mohammed is reunited with his two young sisters and his adoring Granny, with whom the young boy has a spiritual bond. When Hashem is given the chance to marry a young woman from a strict Islamic family, he worries that his son will destroy his chance of approval from her family, so he sends the boy off to a remote part of Iran to be a carpenter's apprentice. Initially, the boy feels abandoned but eventually grows accustomed to his new environment. Back at the family farm, however, Hashem's selfishness destroys the bucolic peace as it touches each member of his family in a different destructive manner. THE COLOR OF PARADISE is an intelligent, moving experience, featuring outstanding direction from Majid Majidi and a terrific cast.;

Language Usage   Subtitled
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   Y
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   Y
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   Y
Extra Info   Original Persion; Subtitled in Multiple Languages
Rating Reason   Thematic elements.
Majid Majidi - Iranian Director
Mohsen Ramezani - Actor
Hossein Mahjoub - Actor
Salime Feizi - Actress
Elham Sharifi - Actress
Farahnaz Safari - Actress
Majid Majidi - Iranian Director
Mehdi Karimi - Producer
Mohammad Davudi - Director of Photography
Hassan Hassandust - Editor
Alireza Kohandairy - Composer
Asghar Nezhadimani - Production Designer
Sight and Sound
"...Mohsen Ramezani is an enthusiastic, vivacious presence..."
New York Times
"...Stunningly beautiful....A devastating movie and yet another gem to spring from one of the world's most vital national cinemas..."
Box Office
"...Fine performances and fierce honesty..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Majidi has a way with children, and his rapport with little Mohsen Ramezani is remarkable....THE COLOR OF PARADISE is a powerful experience..."
Chicago Sun-Times
"...Deliberately simple....It is made with delicacy and beauty. The soundtrack is alive with natural sounds..."

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