An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
Babek Ahmed Poor Ahmed Ahmed Poor Kheda Barech Defai Iran Outari Ait Ansari Sadika Taohidi Ali Djamali Biman Mouafi Aziz Babai Nader Ghoulami Akbar Mouradi Teba Slimani Mohammad Reza Parvaneh Farahanka Brothers Maria Chdjari Hamdallah Askar Poor Kadiret Kaoiyen Poor Hager Faraz Poor Mohamed Hocine Rouhi Rafia Difai Agakhan Karadach Khani Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh
Where Is the Friend's Home?, 내 친구의 집은 어디인가, Khane-ye doost kojast?, Where Is the Friend's House?, Where Is My Friend's Home?, Waar Is het Huis van Mijn Vriend?, Khane-ye doust kodjast?, Onde Fica a Casa do Meu Amigo?, خانه دوست کجاست؟
Happy birthday Kiarostami!
I have a huge soft spot for films that understand the purpose of children in society. Because so often it feels like they are looked at as mirrors of who we once were that we have the ability to mold rather than a part of humanity we could learn from. A few films that immediately come to mind are Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Pialat's L'Enfance nue. While sure, Where Is My Friend's House fits in the same category as those films in a sense that it also features a bunch of shots of a little boy running around in a world full of mystery. But rather than feeling hard to ignore, its as though this boy…
Grandfather's Friend:''What I mean to say is, suppose the kid did nothing wrong. What would you do? What then?''
Grandfather:''I'd find an excuse and give him a beating every other week. So he wouldn't forget.''
Often it's the smallest and simplest observations on life that are the most emotionally resonant and impactful, as is the case with Abbas Kiarostami's 1987 film Where Is the Friend's Home?, where we see immense compassion and loyalty from a child who navigates a world of adults who do not listen to him or consider that he even has feelings as he tries to return his friends schoolbook to help avoid him getting expelled. This is Kiarostami at his most narratively conventional, but he still…
Lucky enough to see the restored Koker Trilogy on the big screen thanks to the Kiarostami retrospective (And Life Goes On: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami) at The Cinematheque in Vancouver.
(Kiarostami never referred to Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987), And Life Goes On (a.k.a. Life and Nothing More, 1992) and Through the Olive Trees (1994) a trilogy - this was dubbed by critics and film scholars)
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Watched at The Cinematheque in Vancouver.
one of the most diligent films ever made, a painstaking coming of age odyssey with an incredibly expansive symbology: everything here is absolutely essential, a boy whose back hurts because he needs to help his father by carrying milk, some brownish red pants, a gust of wind in the backyard, the windows' reflex on the walls... it's all very potent, these signs aren't there for mere narrative development, they address a much bigger spectrum where politics, economics and metaphysics collide. the biggest question here is also the biggest question on liberalism: how am i supposed to do my work when i am preventing my neighbour of doing his? an extremely meticulous work, which ends with the most utterly beautiful signs of them all: a small flower on a notebook.
That feeling when you're so desperate to not see your friend get in trouble, that you're willing to do their homework......5 stars
The real definition of poetic cinema. Where Is My Friend’s House is a drama film that tells the story of a schoolboy’s journey in giving back his friend’s notebook to prevent his potential expulsion. The extensive usage of its screenplay, matched with its impressionistic and repetitious dialogue, that mirrors the traits of the poem the title was derived from, challenges the lengths of how cinema can be expressed. The simplistic nature of the film’s storyline is paired perfectly with its divine cinematography and authentic character portrayal that every scene lingers in your mind and provokes some sort of emotion in you. Its unhurried pacing connects its audience in seeing empathy and innocence in its purest form, through a child’s perspective.…
Iranian culture normally puts a lot of emphasis on children and the education they must receive in order to "be good contributors to society". The methods used are, of course, inappropriate and destructive, but that's life's vicious cycle: unless a generation breaks the moral patterns established, they will keep on getting transmitted through heritage. This beautiful slice of everyday life makes us go deep into the mind of a child, a child that we once were. The film is so explicit in its emotions that we understand everything going on in his mind, the motives behind his actions and *bam*! Suddenly, we are focusing on adults for segments of around 6 minutes for contrast effects. Adulthood hypocrisy is a strong issue to deal with, but it is very satisfactory to see a talented filmmaker to put Iran on the map, question certain aspects of education and growth and focus on the little, audiovisual and sensory elements of life.
Kiarostami just has an eye for interesting locations.
This film reminds me a little of Little Fugitive, in that it features a young man as its central role who goes on an adventure in a nearby place but none-the-less seems somewhat lost. It has an innocent air to it, but still resonates and shows the depths of human kindness. The basic humanity and compassion that pervades Kiarostami's work is a sharp contrast to so many other filmmakers, from Bela Tarr's bleak cynicism to Godard's scathing critiques. It's warm and inviting and beautiful, and while I appreciate the dolor of Tarr, ultimately, it's this sense of compassion I get from Kiarostami that makes him my favorite director.
I hate that we have to grow up.
The world through the eyes of a child is one of infinite possibility. Step into their shoes for one day and see an oasis of untapped potential. Where you can do anything if you try hard enough. As long as you do what you know to be right. Commit your civil duty. And do good by your fellow man (boy?), all will be right in the world.
For a child, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go out of your way to do everything in your 10-year old power to get that book back to your friend. However long it may take, and wherever it may take you. Along the way, you might…
where are you
i brought your notebook
i went where the road took me
and it handed me a flower
to be remembered by.
Let's talk about that flower, shall we?
One of my favorite scenes is where the young boy and the old man walk the streets of Poshteh in the darkness. The film's greatest asset is undoubtedly repetition, which manifests in the central conflict between the child and the adult world. The adults don't pay attention to what the little boy says and only repeat their petty, self-righteous lines without listening to what the child has to say. The only adult who truly listens to him is an old blacksmith living in solitude. He is in…
Simple, beautiful, and captivating.
Ahmed has my heart. I am a sucker for childhood-centric films and this was able to capture the charm that only a few can manage. Kiarostami gives us human kindness, friendship, and magic through our lead, Ahmed. I am reminded of how everyday heroics, no matter how seemingly small, will always stand out in this world of chaos. The 83 minutes fly by beautifully.
One time, back in third grade, the first girl that I ever had a crush on got sick. I knew that she lived nearby, because we rode the same bus, got off at the same stop, and then went our separate ways from there. Her house couldn't have been more than a few blocks away from my own. After she'd missed a few days, our teacher started to show some concern, and asked the class if anyone knew how she was doing and when she might be back. I guess the teacher was concerned that she was going to fall behind on her assignments or something, since she had put a packet of work together for her.
Now, compelled by…
I almost cried, dude. There are two side to this coin, and the first is the kids. It's no accident that the first thing we hear is the joyous shouts of the youth. The film highly values the importance of these future generations as we see in Ahmed the potential for change and progression. We see him deviate from the principles of his superiors, and find a sense of individuality and independence. It's a truly hopeful and heartwarming message to convey. Then we have the more sorrowful side of the coin which is the signs of stuggle coming from the older generations. We see them desperately try to make their contributions seem memorable and significant to the world. We can…
I recommend all of Kiarostami’s films but to start with I’d suggest Where is my friends house, the simplest but most profound of his works. The acting of the untrained child actors in this film is absolutely stunning.
doctorate in warmth
We follow the adventures of an 8 year old boy as he travels across different towns trying to return a schoolmate’s notebook that was accidentally taken. The kicker is that said schoolmate has been getting into trouble, always losing his notebook. If he doesn’t write his homework in his notebook, the kid will be expelled.
A lot of themes are presented in this film, but I think my favorite theme is the moral responsibility we, as human beings, have to one another. A responsibility that goes beyond what our society says is right and wrong. Our main character, Ahmed, is constantly told to do this, do that, stop doing school to help with chores or stop doing chores to do…
Ahmad is a fucking ride or die for Nematzadeh. Need to find me an Ahmad of my own!
Very simple story, not too much going on just the main plot line of Ahmad getting Nematzadeh his book back. Ahmad is a great actor, like genuinely so good, and I think it’s also a sign of strong direction on Kiarostami’s behalf. Great depiction of childhood innocence, felt extremely authentic to me personally.
I loved it so much
Mourning my childhood on my birthday. Also fun fact 2 years ago I watched Shazam! On my birthday so do what you want with that information...
Gros coup de coeur
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Através de uma jornada quase épica de uma criança tentando encontrar a casa de seu amigo para devolver seu caderno, Kiarostami trabalha temas inerentes à vida e que sempre nos sufocam no dia a dia, mas com um olhar otimista já característico do diretor.
Um desses temas (e talvez o principal) é a opressão que molda o caráter da criança. É como se Ahmed estivesse preso às tarefas do cotidiano e ao julgamento dos adultos, como se não fosse livre naquele mundo, o que é reforçado pelos enquadramentos repletos de linhas verticais e horizontais que "aprisionam" o garoto. A opressão também é destacada pelo som, sempre presente, muitas vezes numa forma angustiante como no choro incessante de um bebê ou…
This shows how much you can do with such a simple story.
It’s just a film about a boy who tries to bring back his classmate’s book but Kiarostami manages to make this simple task about so much more than just that. Ahmads journey becomes an odyssey as he passes ignorant adults, clueless children and other obstacles along his way to find the house.
I think anyone can relate to it as it sometimes feels like one of those dreams where you have to go somewhere but never go until you wake up.
I‘ve heard so much about it and it still managed to hold up to my expectations.
This was a really good film, but it made me really frustrated. The characters just repeating themselves and the main character being completely ignored made me angry. But I guess that was the idea. To show how kids are often overlooked by the adults and considered to be useless, unless under strict discipline. But it was really good and I loved the camera work and pretty much every technical aspect. Looking forward to watching the rest of the "Koker Trilogy"
Overall rating: 8,9/10
One of the must wholesome movies I've seen. It's just a kid trying to help another kid even though helping him is to his own detriment. Sometimes parents just don't understand.
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