Friday, December 08, 2006

Children of Heaven


We saw an absolutely wonderful movie the other day, Children of Heaven. It's about an Iranian boy who accidentally loses his younger sister's only pair of shoes when he's bringing them home from being repaired. From then on, he and the sister have to share his shoes, which makes both of their lives extremely difficult. The little boy, Ali, is a plucky little guy, and he works like crazy to make it right.

My tortured genius suicidal crack-addicted prostitute daughter,Katie (whew! Say that three times fast!) and I loved, loved, loved this movie. Lori...Not so much. We loved that the Ali and Zahra, his sister, were so brave and resourceful and kept plugging away at the shoe problem. And by the end, the kids were better for the experience. Lori just worried for the kids the whole time.

And the Iranian street scenes were fascinating. All those narrow streets and twisty alleys, and funny little doors tucked into walls that were apparently homes. I'd like to add Iran to my list of places I'd like to go someday when they don't hate Americans anymore. What a beautiful country!

Carrie...I highly recommend this one. It sort of reminded me of the Beijing Bicycle story...Nice kids, who just can't catch a break. I don't remember how the bicycle movie ended, but this one ends good. Rent it for Christmas. You'll be happy.

Ev

7 comments:

Carrie said...

I already have it in my Netlflix queue.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go feed the neighborhood stray kitty.

Ev said...

What's the matter with you? You should be taking in the neighborhood stray kitty. You're falling behind in the Crazy Cat Lady Contest.

Carrie said...

the neighborhood stray kitty is mildly psychotic, and tries to kill melvin through the window a daily basis...plus, she hates everybody but me, and she only likes me because i feed her, and even that doesn't cut it sometimes.

i think everyone's better off if BTK (Big Tail Kitty) remains outside.

Carrie said...

the neighborhood stray kitty is mildly psychotic, and tries to kill melvin through the window a daily basis...plus, she hates everybody but me, and she only likes me because i feed her, and even that doesn't cut it sometimes.

i think everyone's better off if BTK (Big Tail Kitty) remains outside.

Kwachie said...

I did like the movie ... it was just those big brown eyes pooling up with tears all the time. I just wanted him to tell someone ... anyone ... that they were sharing the shoes. I know, I know ... he was brave and determined and proud, and he was a wonderful big brother, and he worked his little heart out trying to fix his mistake ... and it worked out well in the end ... but that face ... and those eyes.

Yes, it was a wonderful movie, but it touched a place where my heart felt more scared and sad than warmed. That's not always a bad thing.

: )

Kwach

Ev said...

Wasn't BTK the name of the serial killer in Wichita? Isn't that sort of like naming your cat Ted Bundy or Webwomon?

Carrie said...

Hahaha, yes, BTK is the serial killer in Wichita, which is why it is such a brilliant name for a Big Tail Kitty.