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Imm el aroussa (1964)

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This magnificently madcap comedy classic stars Egyptian film legends Tahiya Karioka and Emad Hamdi as Zeinab and Hussein, overworked parents who get little relief from the never ending ... See full summary »

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This magnificently madcap comedy classic stars Egyptian film legends Tahiya Karioka and Emad Hamdi as Zeinab and Hussein, overworked parents who get little relief from the never ending demands of their seven mischievous children. When their eldest daughter, Ahlam, meets a dashing young man at a party, it's love at first sight and wedding plans must quickly be arranged. As preparations get underway, Zeinab and Hussein are soon overwhelmed by the elaborate and costly requests made by the groom's extravagant family. While tending to the needs of their other six children, Hussein and Zeinab must consider unconventional means to obtain the funds for a ceremony that the newlyweds will be proud of. Filled with entertaining turns by a colorful cast of characters, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE explores Egyptian courtship and marriage customs of the 1960s while relaying a delightfully entertaining story the entire family will enjoy. Written by Alex O. Williams

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Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 37th Academy Awards in 1965. See more »

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I hereby recommend Egyptian cinema to everyone
2 August 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Atef Salem's "Imm el aroussa" ("Mother of the Bride" in English) is the first Egyptian movie that I've seen. If this is any indication, some great cinema has come from that country. This movie is a comedic look at the clash between tradition and modernity. When a family's eldest daughter announces plans to get married, the parents find out that the groom's family expects a number of over-the-top arrangements for the wedding! The expectations of a dowry are a representation of tradition, but the daughter embodies modernity (she even has a beehive hairdo). It's the kind of zany comedy of which there were many coming from Hollywood, but here we get a spin on the genre reflecting the Arab world, specifically Nasser-era Egypt. It's a movie that you're bound to enjoy.

"Mother of the Bride" was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


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