Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987)




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The film that established director Abbas Kiarostami's reputation outside his native Iran, Where Is the Friend's Home? tells a simple story in such a spare fashion, many critics found its impact to be almost subliminal. As the film opens Ahmed (Ahmed Ahmed Poor), a grade schooler, watches as his teacher (Kheda Barech Defai) berates a fellow student, Mohammed (Babek Ahmed Poor), for repeatedly failing to use his notebook for his homework , threatening expulsion on the next offense. When Ahmed returns home, he realizes he's accidentally taken Mohammed's notebook. Against his mother's orders, he sets out in search Mohammed's house, encountering false leads, dead ends, and distractions as he attempts to enlist adults in his search. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)

All Critics (10)

like the neorealist works from which it descends, deceptively simple and utterly profound

October 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Its final image is one of such profound beauty that it rivals the iconic freeze-frame ending of Truffaut's The 400 Blows, perfectly capturing the sublime, gossamer belief in basic human kindness inherent in childhood.

October 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

On one level Kiarostami paints a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another he reminds how us kids get lost in the grown-up world of business and responsibility.

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Or: How the whole world can fit into an Our Gang episode

September 25, 2009 | Full Review…

I highly recommend all of Abbas Kiarostami's films, but to start with I'd suggest Where Is the Friend's Home, the simplest and most moving of his films.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The closest thing I've ever seen to an Iranian action film.

April 29, 2003 | Rating: 6/10

Audience Reviews for Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?)


Kiarostami crafts an incredibly sensitive and deceptively simple film that shows a lot about a strict society in which adults don't listen to children, creating a lingering impact on the viewer as we follow the action take place mostly from the point of view of a generous kid.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Cute but saddening tale from Kiarostami. Another great slice of Iranian life from the master director. I think the viewpoint of a child makes this all the more compelling. The child can squeeze in places and situations much more efficiently than an adult could in the same situation.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

a really simple and lovely film that's a good place to start with kiarostami. the untrained child actors are marvelous here. a young boy has taken his friend's notebook by mistake and must return it to keep his friend from being expelled, but he doesn't know where the friend lives. the boy is blocked at every turn in his quest to do the right thing by adults who won't listen or help. nerve wracking suspense! and i am only half joking :p

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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