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Where Is the Friend’s House?Where Is the Friend’s House?

Where Is the Friend’s House?

A child tries to do right by his friend in this moving portrait of life in rural Iran

Drama, Family

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

Iran

Persian

1987

Abbas Kiarostami

83 min

Synopsis

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Our Take

8.5
Igor Fishman

Abbas Kiarostami delivers a tale of towering simplicity. A young boy mistakenly takes his friend’s notebook home and, knowing the friend faces expulsion without it, goes on a journey to bring it back. He visits the neighboring town but without a clue where his friend lives must rely on the kindness of strangers and overcome the stubbornness of adults who get in his way.

This adventure is both a loose moral parable as well as a striking portrait of life in rural Iran. More than this, it’s a testament to the capacity of children’s films to communicate depth when the filmmaker respects a child’s intelligence. The earnest young actors at its heart add an emotional immediacy that underscores Kiarostami’s empathetic direction.

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