Cinema: Visions of the Blind

A beautiful child seeks God in the Iranian epic The Color of Paradise

There are people whose spirit is so gracious and capacious that it is a privilege to be in their company. Such a one is Mohammad, a blind Iranian boy played--no, inhabited--by Mohsen Ramezani in Majid Majidi's enthralling pastorale The Color of Paradise.

Mohammad attends a Teheran school for the blind and spends each summer with his sisters, his grandmother and his widower father. The boy not only loves nature, he seems blissfully wed to its sounds, scents and textures. He wants to catch the wind, learn the secrets of stones in a stream. A blind carpenter tells him that God is...

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