Where Is the Friend’s House? is the first film in Abbas Kiarostami’s “Koker Trilogy.” Set in the northern Iranian village of Koker, this sublime trio of films takes a premise of fable-like simplicity—a boy searching for the home of a classmate whose school notebook he has accidentally taken—and transforms it into a miraculous, child’s-eye adventure of the everyday.
The young hero’s quest becomes both a revealing portrait of Iranian society in all its richness and complexity and a touching parable about the meaning of personal responsibility. Where Is the Friend’s House? established Kiarostami’s reputation as one of cinema’s most sensitive and profound humanists. The “Koker Trilogy” continues with screenings at Asia Society Texas Center (January 19) and the Menil Collection (January 24).