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Before directing the Oscar-nominated
Children of Heaven
, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi crafted this sensitive melodrama about the conflict between a boy and his new stepfather. After the death of his father, young Mehrollah leaves his rural town to earn money to support his grieving mother and siblings. Upon his return at age 14, he finds his mother has remarried. Mehrollah rejects the new man of the house and sets off into the desert. When his stepfather goes after him, the two realize they will need mutual respect in order to survive the harrowing journey home. Winner of Jury Prizes at the San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, and Torino Film Festivals. In Farsi with English subtitles.
Majid Majidi---Iran---1996---96 mins.