(aka "Khane-ye doust kodjast" or "Where is the Friend's Home?")

directed by Abba Kiarostami
Iran 1987


Before he captured the top prize at Cannes for A Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami made three films set in the northern Iranian cities of Koker and Poshteh which became known as his "Earthquake Trilogy." Where is the Friends Home? is the first of these and  opens in an unkempt Koker classroom where a browbeating teacher informs young Nematzadeh (Ahmed Ahmed Poor) of an impending expulsion as his 3rd infraction of having incomplete homework. Our plot has begun.

Both engaging and unassuming, this is a film of classic depth by Kiarostami - one of his best.... much better experienced than discussed.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: March 21st, 1987 - Iran

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DVD Review: InSight Films - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution InSight Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:19:48 
Video 1.52:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Farsi (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: InSight Films Inc. 

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.52:1

Edition Details:

• "Where is the Friend's Home" Screensaver

• MP3 music from the closing credits accessible on DVD-Rom
• 30 Images from the film

DVD Release Date: April 28th, 2004

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Chapters: 10


Firstly, yes the image is a little soft, but you must accept the deplorable condition this print (one of the few available) was in. You can trust me that this is far superior to ANY VHS copies of this film that I have seen. I am quite impressed with this first offering from InSight Films. This is a real step forward in offering some classic world cinema films on DVD that have, until now, remained buried in decrepit prints and pirated copies. Not only have they anamorphisized the 1.52 aspect ratio image without a hitch, the sound is likewise been cleaned up, yet not altered from its original 2 track mono. Bravo InSight Films ! out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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