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17 September 2003 (France) See more »
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In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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moving coming-of-age story with a starmaking performance See more (55 total) »

Cast

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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
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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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content
Runtime:
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:95 min | Argentina:96 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Momo:Arab means open from 8 til midnight, even Sunday.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Excuse-Moi Partenaire {Cuttin' In}See more »

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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
moving coming-of-age story with a starmaking performance, 10 October 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

'Monsieur Ibrahim' is a fine coming-of-age tale set in 1960's Paris. Young Pierre Boulanger gives a remarkably assured performance as Moses, a Jewish teen living with his cold, skinflint of a dad in a less-than-savory part of town. Abandoned by his mother and living in the shadow of a brother who has himself fled the scene, Moses leads an embittered existence, seeking surcease in the beds of the local prostitutes who ply their trade on the street where he lives. Moses is finally befriended by an aged shopkeeper named Ibrahim Demirdji, a Safi Muslim who, after Moses' father commits suicide, adopts the boy and instills in him valuable life lessons, gleaned from his religious training and his long years of experience.

In terms of its storyline, 'Monsieur Ibrahim' offers little that is new here (the idea of an older mentor figure raising an orphan child of a different religion goes at least as far back as 'The Two of Us' in 1968 and probably much further) . Where it excels is in its tenderhearted view of daily life and in its subtle plea for understanding between Arab and Jew. Moses is an almost heartbreakingly ordinary kid, a fact which makes his story all the more compelling (he has much of the rough-and-tumble poignancy of the boy in 'The 400 Blows'). We can identify with every emotion he is going through on his painful journey to adulthood: his fears, his insecurities, his need for acceptance, his appreciation of simple kindnesses. Moses lives in a world where life can sometimes be cruel, but where fellow human beings reach out to help one another in their moments of greatest need.

This is a beautiful, heartfelt film that doesn't stand on its head to try and impress us. It seeps into our hearts one scene at a time, until, by the end, we realize what a profound emotional impact it has had on us. Veteran actor Omar Sharif is wonderful as the solid and wise Monsieur Ibrahim, but it is Boulanger who is the real revelation here. This amazing young actor is the true heart and soul of the film, an absolute natural. He is very rarely off screen, and he rivets our attention on his character in a way that most highly paid movie actors can merely dream about doing. I hope he makes many more films in the future.

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