Children of Heaven(1997):"A little secret...their biggest adventure.This is the essence of childhood, captured on film."
A simple yet a powerful story depicting the bond between a brother and a sister - their purity of heart, their innocence, their playful scuffles and immense love for each other.
All these values are beautifully picturised in the Iranian film, Children of Heaven.
Ali, who comes from a simple family, loses his sister's (Zahra) pair of shoes one day, and then sets on a series of adventures to find them.
A small boy Ali from a poor family 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.
The plan works OK, but there are hitches.
But the film's loveliest touch is Ali's attempt to win for his sister a new pair of shoes, third prize in a running race.
Ali seems to be the fastest runner in Tehran, but he must make sure that he comes in only third. It's a lot harder than he imagined -- and a real test of love.
Ali has failed in his quest to win the shoes and save his sister (and himself) from further suffering. He sees himself as a failure.
It is not a feel-good story; it's a story of frustrated dreams.
We observers know, however, what Ali doesn’t: that his father has, in the meantime, already bought replacement shoes for both himself and for his sister, Zahra.
We want to comfort him and praise him for being so good – for loving his sister, for helping his parents, and for being everything that a parent would want a child to be.
We adults have forgotten this, but the interior reality of this experience all comes back when we watch this film.