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Children of Heaven

Country: Iran

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Written and Directed by: Majid Majidi

Starring: Amir Farrokh Hashem & Bahara Seddiqi

Nothing to make you realize how trivial and inane your first world problems are after watching this subtle humble masterpiece. This sweet story of brother and sister secretly sharing one pair of shoes has just the right amount of heart, drama, laughs, and thrills. They could not have found better child actors to portray Ali and Zahra, and it’s one of the best representations of a brother sister relationship on film. Every time Ali’s big round eyes swelled up so did mine, never have I so easily rooted for a protagonist to get everything he wishes, and his wish was the simplest of all to get a pair of shoes for his sister. Soft stringed instrumentals play throughout adding even more character and charm to this modestly set film. Children of Heaven is definitely not a Hollywood production, but that is what makes it so remarkable, it’s 100% genuine in every regards.

10/10

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Ida

Still playing in some theaters around the USA.

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Country: Poland

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski

Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Starring: Agata Kulesza & Agata Trzebuchowska

 

Understated, beautiful, dark and surprising. Ida tells the story of a nun in the 1960’s who embarks on a journey before taking her vows. The story is intriguing, genuine, and heartbreaking at times all shot in black & white cinematography that did tend to linger longer than necessary. The juxtaposition between Ida and her Aunt Wanda, as well as life in convent versus outside is executed with tremendous finesse. And oh my God, Agata Trzebuchowska’s eyes, even in black & white, conveyed every nuanced emotion the young nun was going through. I don’t want to divulge too much because part of the enjoyment for me stemmed from knowing it was only a story about a nun, but this Polish film deserves any and all praise it receives.

 

9.5/10

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