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With: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Kheda Barech Defai, Iran Outari, Ait Ansari
Written by: Abbas Kiarostami
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Running Time: 85
Date: 12/31/1986

Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Home Work

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I highly recommend all of Abbas Kiarostami's films, but to start withI'd suggest Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987), the simplest and mostmoving of his films. In it, a young boy needs simply to return hiscousin's composition book to him but doesn't know exactly where thecousin lives. In this film, as with his others, the journey itself, thetime it takes, and the place we're in become more important than theactual destination. Seeing a Kiarostami film is as refreshing andexciting as discovering an Orson Welles or a Jean Renoir film for thefirst time. He's that good.

Note: The above was written for my 2000 San Francisco International Film Festival preview. Kiarostami was honored that year with the festival's lifetime achievement in directing award. The film's title has been listed under several different variations, including: Where Is My Friend's Home and Where Is My Friend's House?.

This great film has not yet been released on DVD in the United States.

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