The Song of Sparrows (2008)

This review, which also covers the film Departures, was originally published at Christianity Today Movies. For further exploration of this film, read "Departures: Journeys with Asian Filmmakers" in Image.-Layoffs, bankruptcy, skyrocketing unemployment. Tough times, busy days for job hunters, and everybody's got an opinion about what went wrong and how to fix it.Movies about employment tend to give us rags-to-riches success stories: Young people with a dream overcome impossible odds … [Read more...]

The Return of Majid Majidi

For a short while, Majid Majidi was my favorite Iranian filmmaker.But then again, for a while, he was the only Iranian filmmaker that I could name.I'm still a beginner when it comes to international cinema, but while I've found other Iranian artists whose work is more exciting for me, I'm still eager to check out anything this director does. I suspect that if any Iranian filmmaker is likely to win a big following in America, it's Majidi. And his new film is winning some persuasively … [Read more...]