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Chakmeh

Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (New Horizons section), Greece, Nov. 10, 1993. Running time: 60 MIN.

Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (New Horizons section), Greece, Nov. 10, 1993. Running time: 60 MIN.

Sameneh … Sameneh Jafar-Jalali

Ali … Ali Atashkar

Sameneh’s mother … Raya Nasiri

Essentially a sprightly moral lesson for tots, “The Boots” presents a smart, sweet and crisply concise parable that adults will get a kick out of too. Classy kidpic forums on large and small screens should look up this Iranian item.

Struggling to keep in line her capricious moppet, a doting but frazzled seamstress (presumably a war widow) shells out for a new pair of red boots. But when the kid’s euphoria subsides, and she nods off on the bus, one boot slips off and is lost. The boot’s tortuous path round the city is amusingly tracked.

Scripter-director Mohammad-Ali Talebi colors the warmly human yarn with gently infectious humor and soft-sell sentimentality that stays the right side of syrupiness. The hardship and poverty ingrained into everyday Iranian life are evidenced without being unduly hammered, as is the importance of community and mutual consideration.

Chakmeh

(IRANIAN)

Production: A Shahed Group production. Directed, written by Mohammad-Ali Talebi, based on H. Moradi Kermani's short story.

Crew: Camera (color), Farhad Saba; editor, Hassan Hassandoust; music, Mohammad-Reza Aligholi; sound, Mahmud Sammakbashi.

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