Bashu, The Little Stranger - 1989

Directed by Bahram Beyzaie

Young Bashu (Adnan Afravian) flees his war-torn home and finds a family in a far-away village willing to take him in. Bashu has difficulty fitting into his new surroundings and is not accepted by many of the villagers because of his dark skin. Further complicating things is the language barrier that exists between he and his new family.

Color, 1 hour 57 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Bashu Gharibeh Koucheck

Trailer currently not available, Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 27

Cast


Susan Taslimi Naiijan
Azam Rahbar Gholbesar
Mohammad Farkhah Noushin
Parvis Pourhosseini Gesmateh Shambeh Sarani
Adnan Afravian Bashu
Moaazez Banidought Bashu's Mother
Nematt Yamini Bashu's Father
Khadijeh Nejat Bashu's Sister

Crew


Writer Bahram Beyzaie
Director Bahram Beyzaie
Producer Ali Reza Zarrin
Director of Photography Firouz Malekzadeh
Sound Recordist Jahanghir Mirshekari
Asghar Shahvardi
Behrouz Maavian
Production Designer Bahram Beyzaie
Iraj Raminfar
Editor Bahram Beyzaie
Sound Mixer Hassan Zahedi
Music Bahram Beyzaie

Pictures


Bashu's family and home are destroyed by an air strike.

Bashu's family and home are destroyed by an air strike.

Bashu (Adnan Afravian) stows away on a truck to escape the bloodshed.

Bashu (Adnan Afravian) stows away on a truck to escape the bloodshed.

Naiijan (Susan Taslimi) leaves some bread out after discovering a frightened Bashu.

Naiijan (Susan Taslimi) leaves some bread out after discovering a frightened Bashu.

Finding common ground amongst their differing native languages.

Finding common ground amongst their differing native languages.

Bashu is not well-received by Naiijan's extended family.

Bashu is not well-received by Naiijan's extended family.

Bathing Bashu, with or without his cooperation.

Bathing Bashu, with or without his cooperation.

Naiijan observes Bashu's strange and erratic behavior.

Naiijan observes Bashu's strange and erratic behavior.

Protecting the crops during the night watch.

Protecting the crops during the night watch.

The village children head towards a confrontation with Bashu.

The village children head towards a confrontation with Bashu.

Meeting the one-armed stranger.

Meeting the one-armed stranger.

DVD


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External Reviews


By Janet Maslin The New York Times

Airborne danger hovers over the 10-year-old title character of the Iranian film "Bashu, the Little Stranger," but it changes as radically as the young boy's surroundings do. He is at the Persian Gulf as the film begins, experiencing the terrors of an Iraqi air raid (the film has silhouetted warplanes flying behind its opening titles) and watching in anguish as the bombing kills his parents and destroys his home. Continued



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