Tagline: Chasing dreams. Finding hope.
Synopsis: When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes into a world alien to him - incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing international metropolis.
Round-up: "Deeply humanistic" says Variety of Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's (“Children of Heaven”, "The Weeping Willow") latest, "The Song of Sparrows," in a review that goes on to describe the film as... "beautifully crafted, often sentimental, sometimes humorous." Echoing the praise the film has received on the festival circuit, the Hollywood Reporter says, "The story, spiked with gentle humor, moves smoothly through the standard tropes of Iranian art house cinema" and Box Office Magazine lauds the "simple, sometimes striking, beauty of cinematographer Turaj Mansuri’s imagery." Screen Daily gives the film cautious praise, calling it a "briskly likeable comedy" but notes that Majidi directs with "a soft, sometimes facile touch that quickly palls."