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  • Summary: The story of an active 8 year-old blind boy who shows how he senses the world without sight. The film also follows the progress of the father-son relationship after the death of the mother.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
  2. While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    This miniature epic is a film that, like its young hero, will enrich those who peer into its poignant heart.
  4. A heartbreaker, plain and simple.
  5. Doesn't have the emotional heft of his "Children of Paradise," but it's still moving.
  6. It's so beautiful and moving and simple that I'm willing to forgive Majidi his contrivances.
  7. Although it has a good heart and a warm spirit, this prettily filmed drama is more sentimental and manipulative than earlier Iranian films on youth-related subjects.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. NaveenA.
    May 5, 2007
    This is a wonderful movie. It is sheer poetry on cellulide. The last scene brings tears in viewer's eyes.
  2. JunaD.
    Oct 5, 2009
    Its one of the best movies i ever saw..... In the first scene, When he touches his father's hand...there is a load of emotion was so good...and the scene where he saves a baby bird..the thought wouldn't have flashed even in a perfect human's eye...totally....AWESOME BLOSSOM!! Expand

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