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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

This movie is like a dream!

10/10
Author: Cinema_Love from Canada
2 December 2005

You watch this movie as a dream. I didn't have the privilege yet to see ''Mayrig'' the prologue if you want, but this movie. Wow! It's all I want to see from a movie. Humans relations were never the same again. Richard Berry has been cast as the main actor and the son of Omar Sharif and Claudia Cardinale who played their roles in such a beautiful way, you won't believe it. It's not a movie, it's a true story. Something, the direction and author by the way, really lived. This movie tell you the story you to hear. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be happy, you will be unhappy... and it goes on and on. This movie is 130 minutes of pure satisfaction. Even in my dreams, I never had the privilege to feel such a beautiful dream. The cast has been choose carefully as the actors done probably the best acting they ever done!!

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Truly uplifting - watch it with someone you love

9/10
Author: umbria from Australia
17 May 2001

This story of an Armenian who becomes a famous French playwright, hiding or forgetting his humble origins, only to rediscover them through the genuine warmth and sincerity of simple people, is truly uplifting! An excellent cast, led by Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif, but including a number of fine actors unknown to me, present this thoughtful, intelligent script with conviction and honesty, with no need for language, nudity or violence to show the contrast between city and country people.

A treasure of a film that should be viewed with someone you love.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

moving but slightly maudlin story of an Armenian immigrant family

9/10
Author: anitak-1 from United States
15 May 2011

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SPOILERS possible I really loved this movie -depsite the fact that it was admittedly a little maudlin.

The acting was superb- esp **Omar Sharif, **Richard Berry, and Claudia Cardinale. Although some of the developments were predictable, Richard Berry (who reminds me a bit of Gabriel Byrne) has a wonderful kindness and deliberateness about him- that permits him to bring freshness to the role. Its an uplifting tale about discovering (in time) the importance of family and of the relationships built over a lifetime- that nourish one's soul.

The cinematography was wonderful. There was great poignancy to the scenes that detailed the daily humiliation of the immigrant (the "different ones" ) at the center of the story- and of rising above those indignities to reach a state of grace. I think that this film will not be seen much in the US which is a shame - given that immigration (and the tensions between assimilation and preservation) are themes that could resonate thoroughly with an American audience.

An undiscovered gem despite some flaws.

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An Excellent Movie about the Tragedy of the Armenian People

10/10
Author: Tatevik Badalyan from Yerevan, Armenia
23 April 2013

There are different nations, different countries and a long history of worldwide developments... However, Armenian people had a severe destiny, which creates one of the most bloody pages of old and new developments throughout the world. In 1915 the Ottoman Turks undertook Armenian massacres of 1500000 people. This film is one of the most bright pictures of those heavy times. Araqsi, Hakob, Azat (their son), Gayane and Anna (sisters of Araqsi) were able to escape from Western Armenia and moved to France. Hakob's brothers, stayed in Armenia in order to save the heritage of the family, "but could not" save their lives....". They used to live in a rich house, with no needs... In France, this beautiful faced difficulties of earning money, sending Azat to school and even finding a little fire to cook their dinners... However, they did not loose their values: the best school was chosen for Azat, the best dishes were cooked by Anna, the hardest work was done by Hakob... This is a must watch, regardless of your nationality... This is a deep movie about love, family, pain and joy. Children, women and men were killed in the desserts.. Turkish people were killing even pregnant women... Watch this film and know the real history...!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Self-serving autobiography

4/10
Author: hof-4 from United States
4 February 2013

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The story of fictional playwright Pierre Zakar (not his real name), an Armenian immigrant to France. Director Henri Verneuil (not his real name) was a playwright and an Armenian immigrant to France and there is a large autobiographical component here.

Unfortunately, the treatment of the subject is maudlin, over-the-top sentimental, manipulative and self-serving. Zakar (played by Richard Berry) circulates through the movie spouting pearls-of-wisdom and deep philosophy at each step (his attempt to stage direct is hilariously pedantic). All other characters (except Mom, Dad and future girlfriend) are disposable, and disparagingly portrayed. Zakar's wife (who obviously had an important role in his rise as a playwright, down to the selection of his phony name) is a manipulative shrew only fit to be discarded. A boy who long ago dared to disrespect Zakar reappears as a doddering, sweaty, pathetic fool only to get his comeuppance. Critics who do not appreciate Zakar's plays unconditionally are shown as ridiculous fools.

Zakar's parents are portrayed by Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif as veritable saints (although with very poor old age makeup and somewhat absurd "old country" costumes). Berry (a good actor in other movies) plays Zakar with irritating self-assurance bordering on arrogance; he is a saint too except once; some nasty phone remarks to Dad. Would you believe Dad dies before son can apologize?

This movie is the middle section of a three part miniseries. I am not inclined to look for the other parts.

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