The Song of Sparrows; Movie review, 5 stars


The Song of Sparrows; Movie review, 5 stars
by Anonymouse


Song of Sparrows is an excellent new movie (2008) for the entire family.  You can watch a preview at Netflix at the link I provided or here. However, I recommend you don’t watch the trailer and just order the movie and make it spontaneous!

The movie is made by Majid Majidi one of Iran’s best Directors and Filmmakers who also made Children of Heaven that was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 in the Best Foreign Language Movie category.  That year (1997) the Oscar for Best Picture went to Life is Beautiful an Italian movie with English subtitles which was nominated in the same category as Children of Heaven so naturally it won both categories.  Had it not been for Life is Beautiful, Children of Heaven would’ve probably won the first ever Oscar for Iran because it was the stronger nominee.

I love Iranian movies and recommend you watch at least some of them to better understand life in today’s Iran, especially if you don’t get a chance to visit Iran.  Netflix has a good collection of Iranian movies and you can get them cheap and quick.  These movies will open your hearts and you’ll learn a thing or two in the process.  They’ll make you look deeper than trying to box your views and emotions into political formulas that are often misguided one way or another.

Iranian cinema does not have an equivalent to sequels to popular movies and Song of Sparrows is as close as it gets to a sequel to Children of Heaven.  Song of Sparrows is a movie about a good natured man who deeply loves his family and works hard to provide for them and keep them healthy and happy with his own quirks ;-)  It is a fulfilling movie with a script similar to Children of Heaven of a loving family.

Majid Majidi covers a lot in this movie and I mean a lot!  You can pretty much find everything; comedy, happiness, fun, drama, sadness and new ideas.  The movie includes great landscaping and beautiful scenery and the Cinematography is exquisite.  There are scenes like a group of motorcycles that I vaguely remember witnessing in person but did not know the full story until I watched this movie!

The movie has subtitles so you can watch it with anyone who either doesn’t speak or know enough Farsi for 1.5 hours of enjoyment.  I’m not certain all foreigners would like the movie like they’d like a shole zard and Ashoura story on Valentine’s Day but it is worth a try and certainly less risky!

 If you order it through Netflix you can also watch the movie instantly on your laptop but I don’t encourage you to watch it on your laptop’s small screen.  I recommend hooking up your laptop to your HD TV either via a computer monitor cable or a simple HDMI cable to enjoy the full experience. Or simply order the DVD and get it in a few days.


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sparrows come in lots of varieties. they have a beautiful song, but they are pretty much ignored by most people because they don't stand out like more colorful finches, they are cousins I think. 

what they lack in color they make up in their song. they are also very talkative and they love to settle into groups as the days open and close. while gathering, they love to sing sing sing and chat chat chat! i love this title.

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If you get a chance let me know if you liked the movie.

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I will watch it this weekend ... Thank you for your review :=) .


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The rooftops in Iran during the hot summer months were quite eventful. When I was a kid, we used to go on the roof at nights and quietly spy on our neighbors' extra-curricular activities!

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