Our last movie blog garnered an overwhelming response. It has pushed us enough to spin up another write-up and suggest more meaningful, uplifting movies to watch during this extended lockdown period.
One commonly repeated remark, though, was “When you sent the link, I expected a list of 10 or more movies. Instead, There were only two.” We didn’t list a lot because we believe it doesn’t work.
We watch numerous videos on YouTube like “Top 10 thrillers on Netflix / Amazon Prime”, but rarely end up watching even one, and there’s a scientific explanation.
“More isn’t always better.”
Read about psychology of choice and choice paralysis here.
So, we decided to bring only the best of what we watched and more importantly, movies that are unheard of. In this blog, we wanted to share our feelings about yet another Iranian film “The Color of Paradise” (RUNTIME: 90 MINS)
This movie is about a blind boy who goes home for a summer vacation from his special school for visually challenged in Tehran. There is the father, who is ashamed of his son’s inabilities, feels burdened and tries to marry another woman. Then there are the boy’s two sisters and his granny who love him despite his limitations.
The boy loves to study and does study well, but his father tries to distance the son from his family by sending him off to a blind carpenter who agrees to teach him carpentry skills. What happens after? Does the boy reunite with his family? Did his father accept him for what he is?
Some movies make you want to feel grateful for everything that you have in your life. This movie becomes extraordinary by not trying to be extraordinary. It must also be lauded for not relying too much on being melancholic.
It takes 45 minutes (half its runtime) to take off. But give it your 45 minutes, and the next 45 will win you.
The film doesn’t move at a rapid pace. It doesn’t move at a slow pace. In fact, the movie doesn’t move at all. But in the end, it moves you. It is deliberately simple.
Movies like these leave a lasting impression. Kavi couldn’t sleep for at least two hours after we went to bed. The color of Paradise seems bland and simple at a quick glance. But, the more you think about the movie, the more you talk about it, and the more you talk about it, the more you fall in love with it.
Watch the movie and let us know how you feel. Also, Kavi & I have the habit of watching a movie and then read about it, for we believe when we read, it sticks to your heart. So, we recommend you to google “The Color of Paradise explained” and read the explanation after seeing the film.
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– Kavi & Ninja