IMDb > Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) More at IMDbPro »Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (original title)

Photos (See all 22 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   8,246 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Monsieur Ibrahim on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 September 2003 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Charming and subtle; a fabric woven from childhood memories. See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Omar Sharif ... Monsieur Ibrahim Deneji

Pierre Boulanger ... Moses 'Momo' Schmitt

Gilbert Melki ... Le père de 'Momo'
Isabelle Renauld ... La mère de 'Momo'
Lola Naymark ... Myriam
Anne Suarez ... Sylvie
Mata Gabin ... Fatou
Céline Samie ... Eva

Isabelle Adjani ... La star

Guillaume Gallienne ... Le vendeur voiture
Guillaume Rannou ... Le realisateur
Manuel Le Lièvre ... Le moniteur auto-école (as Manuel Lelièvre)
Daniel Znyk ... Le gendarme
Françoise Armelle ... La maitresse d'école
Sylvie Herbert ... L'eximinateur
Claude Merlin ... Le notaire
Pascal Vincent ... Le bouquiniste
Tessa Volkine ... Myriam's Mother
Marie-Sophie Ahmadi ... Nadia
Maryse Deol ... L'employer administrative #1
Gérard Bôle du Chaumont ... L'employer administrative #2
François Toumarkine ... L'employer administrative #3
Sylvie Debrun ... L'employer administrative #4
Önder K. Açikbas ... Motocycliste
Jérémy Sitbon ... 'Momo' 8 ans

Éric Caravaca ... 'Momo' 30 ans
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
François Dupeyron 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
François Dupeyron  writer
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt  novel "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran"
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt  screenplay "Coran"

Produced by
Laurent Pétin .... producer
Michèle Pétin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Rémy Chevrin 
 
Film Editing by
Dominique Faysse 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Katia Wyszkop 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandrine Mauvezin 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Bouchard 
 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Bressan .... key hair stylist
Cédric Chami .... hair stylist: Ms. Adjani
Christophe Giraud .... assistant makeup artist
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Thierry Lécuyer .... makeup artist
Muriel Martin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Philippe Baisadouli .... unit manager
Francis Barrois .... production manager
Loïc Jouanjan .... trainee unit manager
Pierre Jouille .... assistant unit manager
Annie France Kaempf .... post-production supervisor
Damien Lutringer .... trainee unit manager
Pierre Vaysse .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inès de la Bévière .... second assistant director
Patrick Delabrière .... first assistant director
Marie-Pierre Vau .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Didier Beauland .... carpenter
Tristan Bivaud .... carpenter
Thierry Champenois .... carpenter
Marc Fivel .... carpenter
Tristan Girault .... property master
Alexandra Lassen .... assistant art director
Guillaume Legrand .... painter
Michel Masson .... painter
Sandrine Mauvezin .... set dresser (as Alexandrine Mauvezin)
Franck Morel .... painter (as Frank Morel)
Christine Rey .... plasterer
Patricia Robin .... painter
Marie Rossignol .... key painter
Marc Rovere .... assistant set dresser
Jean-François Sega .... key carpenter
Didier Touvais .... carpenter
Rimsky Vidal .... painter
 
Sound Department
Katia Boutin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
François de Morant .... sound mixer
Jean Dubreuil .... sound editor
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Louis Lebras .... boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Françoise Maulny .... assistant post-synchronization
François Maurel .... sound
Fred Messa .... boom operator
Francis Perrard .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Isabelle Tat .... assistant post-synchronization
 
Visual Effects by
Fabien Coupez .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Nail Aydin .... key grip
Franck Barrault .... gaffer
Pierre Chevrin .... first assistant camera
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Frederic Halbutier .... electrician (as Frédéric Halbutier)
Julien Humeau .... additional grip
Elin Kirschfink .... first assistant camera
Renaud Monziers .... grip trainee (as Renaud Monzies)
Laurent Pauty .... second assistant camera
Christian Petrucelli .... additional grip
Yvan Quehec .... electrician
Carlos Ribeiro .... additional grip
Mathieu Ungaro .... grip
François-Xavier Walter .... grip
 
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting
Yvan-Scott Ducourau .... casting assistant
Lofti Mokdad .... extras casting
Yann Le Boucher .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Sophie Daniel .... wardrobe assistant
Virginie Le Metayer .... costumer
Isabelle Ledit .... wardrobe assistant
Bernard Minne .... wardrobe assistant
Laurence Royer .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Elise Fievet .... assistant editor
Hervé Gouband .... color timer
Fabienne Morel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
 
Other crew
Christèle Bonnard .... production administrator
Nicole Cobac .... production administrator
Geneviève Dufour .... script supervisor
Nana Otte .... production secretary
Robert Polonia .... groupman
Joëlle Rignault .... assistant production administrator
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors
Christian Thurot .... groupman
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran" - France (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content
Runtime:
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:95 min | Argentina:96 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Momo:[reading Ibrahim's will] This is my will and testament. I, Ibrahim Demirdji, hereby leave all my goods to Moses Schmitt, my son Momo because he chose me as his father and because I've given him everything I've learned in this life. Now you too will know what's in my Koran, Momo. It's all there is to know.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Why Can't We Live TogetherSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Charming and subtle; a fabric woven from childhood memories., 5 May 2004
Author: Bob Pr. from Topeka, KS

"Monsieur Ibrahim"

I'd read some user comments and external reviews; the view of some that it's anti-Semitic almost made me skip it. However, unless you'd see the sympathetic portrayal of a Muslim man (Ibrahim/Sharif) as being anti-Semitic, it's unlikely you'll be bothered.

I don't know what the thrust of the book is, but movies rarely literally translate books; the book may suggest but the film moves in its own direction -- even, at times, contrarily.

This film reminded me a great deal of "Le mari de la coiffeuse/The Hair Dresser's Husband") directed and co-written by Patrice Leconte. That film also has a coming of age boy; getting haircuts, he's enthralled at having his head pressed against the bosom of his female barber. When his father questions his son about what he wishes to do when he's grown up and is displeased with the answer, he sends him to bed without his supper. The rest of the film (without any clear transition) deals with the boy's fantasy about someday marrying a lady barber and what their life would be like. It's a realistic portrayal of an adolescent boy's fantasy.

On the surface this film recounts the development of a mutually satisfying father-son type relationship that develops between a Turkish shopkeeper and a coming of age boy (MoMO/Boulanger) who is Jewish, by the way.

I say "on the surface" because most films try to tell a story in a way that we experience, see and live the story from a fly on the wall perspective.

Ahh-h, but not THIS film.

While you COULD view it that way, it's really far better understood if viewed from a different perspective.

Let's say you wandered in to the shop on this Parisian street one afternoon and heard the owner called "the Arab." You wonder why and also how he got into this particular trade. You start asking and he starts telling you the story of his life.

And that's what this movie tells us -- HIS version of HIS story as experienced through HIS eyes and ears growing up. So it's a realistic portrayal of that collection of childhood memories, assumptions, distortions, and causes.

As a child, do we see things the way we'd see them as an adult? Never, and so it is with this version. Everything is somewhat overdrawn, not quite a caricature but somewhat that way. All the streetwalkers are attractive, 21-31 years old, well dressed, and kind. None middle-aged, trashy, disturbed, or predatory. As we recount the story of our lives, we frequently expand the highs and lows and are liberal in delegating blame to those who disappoint us as well as credit to those who serve as heroes. And that's what this movie does.

Seen from this frame of reference, not all events make logical sense. So we never know for sure what happened to his father, or mother, or brother. We have his sometimes conflicting memories and versions, his suppositions that substitute for reality and which leave us wondering, "Golly, I wonder what really happened?"

Some things, of course, we'll never know. But it was fun finding out what we did. We had an interesting afternoon with the guy and he had a remarkable story to tell.

One of the best pictures of all time? No. But a thoroughly entertaining one most especially for those of us interested in family dynamics.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (55 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Simple Question: Is it a true story? endlessrain
just saw the play live in the UK with dialogue Productions FlorenceLawrence
Soundtrack Question mari_8810002
American Version? joeymulk-653-459391
sex and minors? silverbullets
The Secret Meaning of the Film endlessrain
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Killer Kid Persepolis An Education Day of the Wacko Kings & Queen
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.