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The Color of Paradise

drama, foreign

The self-serving father of a young blind boy puts his own interests ahead of his child's in this award-winning film from celebrated Iranian director Majid Majidi (The Children of Heaven).

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- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A strong, moving tale of beauty and faith. Ramezani (blind in real life) plays a blind boy returning home for the summer from his school for the blind. He is considered a burden by his father, whom pities himself more than his son. The message of the film is one against self-pity. Mohammad finds beauty everywhere he goes, and it is captured in every frame. Seeing him find a bird fallen from its nest and returning it is a lengthy, simple, but captivating scene. Once he returns home, Mohammad reunites with his sisters and Grandmother. They all treat Mohammad as an equal, and use his "disability" to experience the world in new ways. It's difficult to capture the struggles of the blind in a visual medium, so looking at the unique feelings is a much more appropriate way of handling the subject. He amazes a teacher by reading with braille, he focuses on the sounds of birds, and he holds his breath as he hears the waves about to crash over his feet. Mahjoob plays the father well, but his self-pity becomes a chore for the viewer. He isn't cruel in an evil sense, just too whiny to really connect with. The sound department do a great job at singling out specific sounds as Mohammad analyses the world around him. Simple and powerful, The Color of Paradise shows true emotion through its unrivaled photography of the Iranian countryside.

- kiriyamakazou, Tuesday, August 31, 2010

4 stars

A very touching story about a blind boy, full of love and will, who has lost his mother and his condition is a clear incovenience to his father. In his continuous search for God he experiences life moreso than those around him that can see, and always gives more than he receives. There are a number of memorable scenes, and color is indeed prominent around a boy that cannot see it. Maticulous directing and moving performances all around.

- Nutterjr, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

5 stars

The acting was incredible and I don't recall seeing a child who is as fine actor as the boy who played Mohammed, and not for a moment did his acting ever get in the way of the story. I have not been to Iran but I could have never imagine that this place is so beautiful. The Color of Paradise takes viewers on a journey of faith,love and creates a masterpiece of emotion that is so beautiful in its simplicity and elegance it touches one's heart. I cried almost the whole movie. The movie does not preach and there is no need to; its richness lies in its ability to portray simple elements of nature. In places where Hollywood would have inserted blasting soundtracks, this movie simply lets nature echo in the background. Another masterpiece by Majid Majidi. I liked Children of Heaven but this one was way better in my point of view. The acting is superb. It's natural, these are no Hollywood-stars and it's refreshing to see that. The cinematography, just like in other films from Iran, is breath-taking. I am still speechless.

- mvieaddict, Saturday, May 2, 2009