....after they've seen Tehran? Majid Majidi's newest film brought a variation of that old song to TrustMovies' mind, along with a load of other ideas. After his popular Children of Heaven, The Color of Paradise and Baran, the Iranian filmmaker (shown above) offers another winner: a tale that tracks the journey beginning on that ostrich farm -- spanning time, place and growth -- of a paterfamilias trying to meet his obligations to family and self. The allure of the big city plays its games with our hero, as everything from theft to temptation and unexpected generosity present themselves for his delectation.
|Mr. Naji (at right) won Best Actor at last year last year's Berlinale and was at the time a 65-year-old fellow playing a 40-year-old character, with all the physicality and energy necessary for the role. Plus, his pug-ugly face, registering so much so deeply, is a wonder to behold. The other roles are cast and acted with proper believability, particularly Maryam Akbari, as Reza's wife Narges. His children (Hamed Aghazi, shown below, plays his son and Shamnam Akhlaghi his hearing-impaired daughter), along with their needs and desires, are lovingly rendered. One of the perhaps unintended consequences for westerners viewing The Song of Sparrows will be a renewed ability to look at Iran as something more than a threat.|