Song of Sparrows, The (DVD Review)12 Jan, 2010 By: Angelique Flores
Prebook 1/12/10; Street 2/9/10
Box Office $0.1 million
Rated ‘PG’ for brief mild language.
In Farsi with English subtitles.
Karim is an ostrich rancher. He has a wife and three children, the oldest of whom is deaf. He and his family are honest, hard-working people who live simply and share what little they have with their neighbors.
After an ostrich escapes from the ranch, Karim is held responsible and fired. Meanwhile, his daughter Haniyeh has lost her hearing aid. Karim wants to make sure she can hear for her upcoming exams, so he goes into the city to see if he can get it fixed. Unfortunately, all the doctor can do is add Karim to the list in order to get a new one.
While Karim sits on his motorcycle thinking about his problems, a man mistakes him for a motorcycle taxi. He quickly figures out his next job. Getting a taste of good money, he also becomes a little greedy. When an injury leaves him bedridden, he forgets about the money and sees the riches he has in his wife and children.
There’s no big story arc here. It’s more of a slice-of-life piece about an Iranian family that has its ups and downs, but no matter what still have a lot of love for each other.
The film is Iran’s submission for the best foreign-language Oscar. If you like foreign films and feel-good movies, check this one out.