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Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2004 (USA)
In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens.

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Le père de 'Momo'
Isabelle Renauld ...
La mère de 'Momo'
Lola Naymark ...
Myriam
Anne Suarez ...
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Céline Samie ...
Eva
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Le vendeur voiture
Guillaume Rannou ...
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Manuel Le Lièvre ...
Le moniteur auto-école (as Manuel Lelièvre)
Daniel Znyk ...
Le gendarme
Françoise Armelle ...
La maitresse d'école
Sylvie Herbert ...
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In a street called Blue in a very poor neighborhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim is an old Muslim Turkish owner of a small market. He becomes friend of the teenager Jewish Moises, tenderly nicknamed Momo, who lives with his father in a small apartment on the other side of the street. Monsieur Ibrahim gives paternal love and teaches the knowledge of the Qur'an to the boy, receiving in return love and respect. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$531,320 (France) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$2,823,837 (USA) (30 July 2004)
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The actor who plays a turkish man, is not turkish in real life and he couldn't even talk turkish in the movie. Some of the words were made up and are not a part of the turkish language See more »

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Monsieur Ibrahim: They spin around their hearts because God is there.
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religion of love and patience - explaining the plot to the evil-minded
5 April 2005 | by (Seoul, South Korea) – See all my reviews

This is a reply to a couple of rather rash and inconsiderate comments above, done by people who apparently not only live in a world of hatred and mistrust but cannot even assess the obvious messages in an easy-going, unambiguous and outspoken story.

This movie has nothing to do with RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDA! Mr Ibrahim does NOT at any point try to proselytize Moise. Moise does NOT change his name, does NOT change religion and does NOT deny his roots. He was adopted for personal, and not confessional reasons.

The author of the novel upon which the movie is based is a French Jew by the same name as the main character. This quite easily explains why the boy had to be Jewish and not, let's say, Christian, for that matter. To see propaganda here is a proof of bad taste.

Momo was poor and an obviously bad student - he had no bright future which to sacrifice, that is why he settled himself with the grocery store, not because he was proselytized to adopt Arab ways.

Mr Ibrahim made it quite clear that his wisdom does not come from the Koran, but from life, he was a half-literate man, he led a secluded life, he attended no prayers, he did not speak of the Prophet or whoever. He quoted the Koran only on matters of love because this is what interested him. What Mr Ibrahim knew "was in his Koran", which apparently escaped the attention of the paranoic Muslim-haters above, were the two flowers (hey, they are part of the title of the movie!), a remembrance of his long-dead wife and love of his life.

This was a movie about how religious messages may be perceived in a spirit of love and harmony with the world and not in terms of self-seclusion, mutual suspicion and hatred. Yes, the visits to the churches and mosques were a little too naively funny to be convincing, but the message was easy to grasp - there is A LEVEL OF PERSONAL RECEPTION of religious messages, the "inner religion" about which young Moise was wondering what it meant, which is equally easy to approach by all adepts to all confessions.

I actually did not like the movie that much - the plot was partly lame and too fairy-tale-like for such a "show-life-as-it-is" kind of movie. But I felt obliged to write this comment in order to defend it against undeserved xenophobic slanders.


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