Sabah (2005)

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One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.



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Complete credited cast:
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Roula Said ...
Fadia Nadda ...
Jeff Seymour ...
Stephen Montpellier
Mary Lou Fallis ...
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Sabah is 40, single, an immigrant from Syria living in Toronto with her family, responsible for her mother's well-being. Since her father's death, her brother Majid has been the family authority. His niece doesn't want him choosing her husband, his marriage is rocky, but he insists on tradition. Sabah meets Stephen at a city swimming pool; they're attracted to each other. Because he's not a Muslim, Sabah hides their friendship from her family. Where can this relationship go? Can this family sort out its tensions? Written by <>

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Had its worldwide premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. It ended up being at #6 on the favorite film audience list out of 300 films. See more »


Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »

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Great, must see movie! Excellent !
12 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A very refreshing Canadian film, dealing with fundamental Canadian issues that have never been filmed. "Sabah" is such an admirable and excellent film. It's a funny, warm, and humane film that focuses on a family that happens to be Arab and Muslim. I hope that it doesn't get reduced to a copycat of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" because this film deserves to stand on its own merits. It doesn't deserve to live in the shadow of such a shallow, callous, and crude film that just happened to hit it lucky. I hope that good marketing and word of mouth builds a healthy audience for this film. Whenever something is a made in Canada, people demean it because it lacks a Hollywood pedigree. Because Atom Egoyan is one of the executive producers, perhaps it will find an audience willing to approach Canadian film with an open mind and a big heart. You can tell that this is a carefully made film. Sabah is well wrapped in her tightly fastened hijab and plain overcoat, but then, as she removes the hair covering, one finds that provocative hair that drives Stephen crazy with love. Even the overcoat reveals this fiery fuchsia lining that shows life and passion. A later scene shows her weaving a light blue scarf, a blue knit top that compliments Stephen's blue sweater. The head scarf is not tightly knotted this time as hair protrudes from the hijab. Her acclimatization to Canadian culture and Stephen's warmth is inevitable.

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