Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

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Lost in a foreign part of the country after running away for his life, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.

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  • Adnan Afravian and Susan Taslimi in Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
  • Susan Taslimi in Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
  • Susan Taslimi in Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
  • Susan Taslimi in Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
  • Adnan Afravian in Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
  • Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

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13 October 2001 | lisa floo
| Very moving film
Bashu is a moving film about a young Iranian boy who's family is killed during a bombing raid. Bashu escapes by stowing away in the back of a truck and ends up in a completely different part of Iran. He is adopted by Naii, a mother of two young children who's husband is away looking for work.

Bashu is nervous at first, especially as the townpeople are so hostile towards him, but Naii makes him welcome in a very touching and loving way. Naii is a very special person, combining gentleness and love with great strength. She has complete faith in Bashu and is rewarded in return with his smiles and happiness.

I loved the scene with the other young boys of the village in the crop to help the plants grow quicker. The drumming was a recurring subject, and is particularly powerful when Bashu is drumming when Naii is sick.

I thought the calling to the hawks showed a connection between Naii and Bashu but also added an earthiness and naturalness to both their characters.

This is a very moving film and I recommend to anyone.

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Gilan, Iran

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