Where Is the Friend's House?

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Where Is the Friend's House?
Where is the Friend's House (1987) Iranian poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byAbbas Kiarostami
Written byAbbas Kiarostami
Produced byAli Reza Zarrin
StarringBabak Ahmadpour
Ahmad Ahmadpour
CinematographyFarhad Saba
Edited byAbbas Kiarostami
Release date
  • February 1987 (1987-02) (Fajr)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryIran
LanguagePersian

Where Is the Friend's House?[1] (Persian: خانه دوست کجاست, Khane-ye dust kojast) is a 1987 Iranian drama film written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami. It depicts a conscientious schoolboy's attempt to return his friend's school notebook to his home in a neighboring village, to prevent the friend from being expelled if he fails to hand it in the next day. The title derives from a poem by Sohrab Sepehri. The film is the first installment in Kiarostami's Koker trilogy, followed by And Life Goes On and Through the Olive Trees, all of which take place in Koker, Iran.

Plot[edit]

As the film opens Ahmad (Babak Ahmadpour), a grade schooler, watches as his teacher (Khodabakhsh Defai) berates a fellow student, Mohammad Reza, for repeatedly failing to use his notebook for his homework, threatening expulsion on the next offense. When Ahmad returns home, he realizes he's accidentally taken Mohammad Reza's notebook. Against his mother's orders, he sets out in search for Mohammad Reza's house, encountering false leads, dead ends, and distractions as he attempts to enlist adults in his search. When he is unable to find his friend's home, Ahmad ends up doing the homework for his friend at night; in the next day the homework is deemed excellent by the teacher.

Cast[edit]

  • Babak Ahmadpour as Ahmad Ahmadpour
  • Ahmed Ahmadpour as Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh
  • Khodababksh Defai as the Teacher
  • Iran Outari as Mother
  • Ayat Ansari as Father
  • Sadika Tohidi as the Persian Neighbour
  • Biman Mouafi as Ali, a neighbour
  • Ali Jamali as Grandfather's Friend
  • Aziz Babai as the Waiter
  • Nader Gholami as the Property Owner
  • Akbar Moradi as the Old Man from Azerbaijan
  • Teba Solimani as the Husband
  • Mohammad Reza Parvaneh as the Man Mistaken for Ali
  • Farahanka Brothers as the Young Boy
  • Maria Chdjari as the Girl who Stutters
  • Hamdollah Askarpour as the Old Man
  • Kadiret Kaoiyenpour as the Religious Old Man
  • Hajar Farazpour as the Apple Seller
  • Mohammad Hossein Rouhi as the Carpenter
  • Rafia Difai as Grandfather
  • Agakhan Karadach Khani as the Street Vendor

Commendations[edit]

Where Is the Friend's House? was Kiarostami's first film to gain major international attention.[2] It won the Bronze Leopard at the 1989 Locarno Film Festival,[3] and the Golden Plate at the Fajr Film Festival. The film is on the British Film Institute's list of 50 films to see by age 15.[4]

Legacy[edit]

Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi said that "I always have this film in mind because of the director's profound perspective on filmmaking and its strange and distinct structure."[3]

The Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa cited Where is the Friend's House? as one of his favorite films.[5][6]

Jonathan Rosenbaum in 2015 called Kiarostami the greatest living filmmaker and called the film (along with Through the Olive Trees and And Life Goes On) "sustained meditations on singular landscapes and the way ordinary people live in them; obsessional quests that take on the contours of parables; concentrated inquiries that raise more questions than they answer; and comic as well as cosmic poems about dealing with personal and impersonal disaster. They're about making discoveries and cherishing what's in the world--including things that we can't understand."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sometimes translated as Where Is the Friend's Home?.
  2. ^ "Where is My Friend's House? (1987)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Where is the Friend's House?". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "50 films to see by age 15". IMDb. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  5. ^ Lee Thomas-Mason. "From Stanley Kubrick to Martin Scorsese: Akira Kurosawa once named his top 100 favourite films of all time". Far Out. Far Out Magazine. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Akira Kurosawa's Top 100 Movies!". Archived from the original on 27 March 2010.
  7. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Where Is My Friend's House?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved February 23, 2015.

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