‘Where Is the Friend’s Home?’

With his trademark economy of form, Abbas Kiarostami’s (Taste of Cherry, Through the Olive Trees) gentle, nuanced realism produces a quietly immersive tale of a young boy’s journey to a neighbouring village in rural Iran.

When 8 year-old Ahmed (Babek Ahmed Poor – Through the Olive Trees) mistakenly takes his friend Mohammad’s notebook, he knows he must find a way to return it. Already in trouble at school, Mohammad (Ahmed Ahmed Poor – Through the Olive Trees) will be expelled. Ahmed slips away from his home with only the knowledge that his friend lives somewhere in Poshteh, the next village on the other side of the hill.

A simple premise that pays extraordinary dividends as, concientiously, Ahmed asks his way round Poshteh, determined to deliver the notebook. Exquisite and unobtrusive, poetic yet real, Where Is the Friend’s Home is unforgettable in it’s simplicity.

Rating: 87%


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