The color of paradise

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The color of paradise
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Sony Pictures Classics (Firm)
Place Published: 
Culver, City
Columbia TriStar Home Video
1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released as a motion picture.
Producer, Varahonar Company ; production managers, Mehdi Karimi and Ali Kalij ; written and directed by Majid Majidi ; cinematographer, Mohammad Davoodi ; editor, Hassan Hassandoost ; music, Alireza Kohandairy.
Mohammad joyfully returns to his tiny village on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind, unaware of his father's intentions to disown him. Engaged to be married, the widowed man has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancee, certain the boy's disability will destroy his only chance for happiness. With the wedding swiftly approaching Mohammad's future hangs precariously in the balanceas his father struggles against his destiny, unable to see the wonder of life and love that's so clear to his son.
MPAA rating: PG.
a Sony Pictures Classics release
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The Color of Paradise is about a blind boy who sees with clarity and his sighted father who is blind to the beauty in his own family. It is a film made from a deeply spiritual point of view, but it never proselytizes, it never preaches. It tells with sophisticated simplicity a not so simple story of faith and unconditional love and the sadness that comes to one who falls short in both.

When the children are taking dictation to learn their Braille toward the beginning of the film, the teacher recites (presumably from the Koran) a line to God: "You are both seen and unseen." Later, in a deeply touching moment, Mohammad says the misery of being blind is not being able to see God. His teacher told him, he says, that God is invisible anyway, and that he can see God with his hands. Mohammad does see God with his hands, Majidi makes eminently clear, because Mohammad is blessed with God in his heart.