In Their Shoes - "Children of Heaven" Review

By Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid

This movie from Iran, by Majid Majidi, is stunning and unforgettable in its honest, direct approach. A small boy from a poor family in Tehran loses his sister's shoes on the way home from getting them repaired. In order to escape the wrath of their father, he and his sister must share his shoes every day, racing back and forth through the streets to meet one another and switch shoes. "Children of Heaven" belongs in a class with Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief" (1949) and Satyajit Ray's "Pather Panchali" (1955), with a little of Peter Yates' "Breaking Away" (1979) thrown in.

Originally Published February 5, 1999

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