- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 19, 2000
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround - Farsi
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2000
"...Mohsen Ramezani is an enthusiastic, vivacious presence..."
New York Times - 03/31/2000
"...Stunningly beautiful....A devastating movie and yet another gem to spring from one of the world's most vital national cinemas..."
Box Office - 03/01/2000
"...Fine performances and fierce honesty..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/31/2000
"...Majidi has a way with children, and his rapport with little Mohsen Ramezani is remarkable....THE COLOR OF PARADISE is a powerful experience..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/02/2000
"...Deliberately simple....It is made with delicacy and beauty. The soundtrack is alive with natural sounds..."
In THE COLOR OF PARADISE, an eight-year-old boy named Mohammed attends a school for blind children in Tehran. When summer vacation arrives, the parents of the other children arrive to take them home. Mohammed's widowed coal worker father, Hashem, however, arrives hours late, then asks a teacher if Mohammed can stay at the school permanently. When his request is refused, Hashem takes his son on a cross-country journey to their family home in northern Iran. While Hashem is dour and visibly burdened, Mohammed's senses are overloaded with the sounds, scents, and textures of the lush natural surroundings along the way. At the family farm, Mohammed is reunited with his two young sisters and his adoring Granny, with whom the young boy has a spiritual bond. When Hashem is given the chance to marry a young woman from a strict Islamic family, he worries that his son will destroy his chance of approval from her family, so he sends the boy off to a remote part of Iran to be a carpenter's apprentice. Initially, the boy feels abandoned but eventually grows accustomed to his new environment. Back at the family farm, however, Hashem's selfishness destroys the bucolic peace as it touches each member of his family in a different destructive manner. THE COLOR OF PARADISE is an intelligent, moving experience, featuring outstanding direction from Majid Majidi and a terrific cast.
THE COLOR OF PARADISE is the uplifting story of Mohammed, a blind eight-year-old who, after school has been let out for the summer, journeys across the gorgeous Iranian countryside with his father. The young boy hasn't let blindness suffocate his spirit, and it is this overriding optimism that makes director Majid Majidi's film such a glowing experience. As he reunites with his sisters and grandmother and is sent away to become a carpenter's apprentice, the situation remains hopeful--even when Mohammed's father threatens to destroy it. A film with a universal message, THE COLOR OF PARADISE works with a simplistic spirituality.
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- Stephen Holden of the New York Times, Philip French of the Guardian (U.K.), and Time named THE COLOR OF PARADISE one of the 10 best films of 2000; it was also named the Best Foreign Film of 2000 by the San Diego Film Critics Society.