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Cheshmane John Malkovich 1: Viggo Mortensen (2004)

This movie is based on the Trilogy Novel called "Cheshmane John Malkovich" (John Malkovich's Eyes). It has 3 episodes namely "Kamin" (Ambush), "Sayeha Bidarand" (The Shadows are Awake) and "Cheshmane John Malkovich" (John Malkovich's Eyes.


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Credited cast:
Viggo Mortensen ... Himself (archive footage)
Parastoo Mohajer Parastoo Mohajer ... Ningal Bardin
Mahdis Azizpour Mahdis Azizpour ... Tissa Bertas
Nadia Keyvani Nadia Keyvani ... Rabouta Bardin / Haras
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amin Ashayeri Amin Ashayeri ... Meret
Matin Azizpour Matin Azizpour ... Sam
Pave Deymard Pave Deymard ... Arash
Arya Emamian Arya Emamian ... Soheil
Mohammad Reza Farnoudi Mohammad Reza Farnoudi ... Abraham
Danial Hariri Danial Hariri ... Damoon
John Malkovich ... Himself (archive footage)
Ardeshir Modara Ardeshir Modara ... Uncle Cyrus
Panti Panti ... Panti (Cat)
Penny Penny ... Penny the Cat
Vladimir Putin ... Himself (archive footage)


Story begins with a 14-year-old girl called Ningaal Bardin and her best friend Tissa Bertas who are both huge fans of a Hollywood actor named, Viggo Mortensen. Life is normal for both of the teenagers until Nin Bardin catches a "No more blood..." T-shirt, Viggo Mortensen throws out to the crowds at National Peace March before reading his poem, "Back to Babylon". That's when the incredible story begins... Written by Anonymous

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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. See more »






English | Persian

Release Date:

16 May 2005 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

John Malkovich's Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Caspian Sea, Iran See more »


Box Office


IRR 4,500,000,000 (estimated)
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Filming lasted four months. The post production period took 10 months. See more »


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This is mature cinema
9 July 2005 | by bringdead45See all my reviews

Cheshmane John Malkovich is a very passionate story with a lot of sad moments.

from the opening scene to the ending credits, I was hooked with this film! It's a terrific and brilliant mix of drama, action, and characterization.

I have watched it 3 times and I really enjoyed it.

The most entertaining sequence is where the little guardian angels are at Lysvani and the old Fris is teasing them.

The kids, all of them, turn in outstanding performances and the main characters are characterized with a lot of depth and passion to their personalities which make you feel you have always known these people.

Excellent remake of a wonderful story.

Deeply moving and beautiful What can I say more? I LOVE it! 8/10

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