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The Syrian Bride (2004)

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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Amal (as Hiyam Abbass)
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Hammed (as Makram J. Khoury)
Clara Khoury ...
Mona
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Marwan (as Ashraf Barhoum)
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Syrian Officer 2
Evelyn Kaplun ...
Evelyna (as Evelyne Kaplun)
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Jeanne
Adnan Tarabshi ...
Amin (as Adnan Trabshi)
Marlene Bajali ...
The Mother (as Marlene Bajjali)
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Simon (as Uri Gabriel)
Alon Dahan ...
Arik
Robert Henig ...
Joseph (as Robert Hoenig)
Dirar Suleiman ...
Tallel
Ranin Boulos ...
Mai
Hanna Abou-Manneh ...
Rama
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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona's father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 December 2004 (Israel)  »

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$7,235 (USA) (18 November 2005)

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$375,574 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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Filming was done in two different Druze villages, one pro-Syrian and one pro-Israeli, depending on the political tilt of the scenes. Also, since Israeli authorities would not give permission to film at the actual border, a mock-up was built some distance away. See more »

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The UN agent says on July 17th 2000 that it's a Thursday. That date was a Monday. See more »

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A Very Authentic Film
30 January 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I saw this one today and it completely blew me away. It's one of many truly wonderful Israeli films that were made this year. The main story is very moving and easily connected to, and the secondary plot lines are great as well. Details that are featured in the film are very accurate, for the most part, as are the situations and the characters. Viewers can easily relate to the desperate attempts to cut through the red tape, and to the bride's feelings of hopelessness and fear. Notice that the bride speaks fairly little, and yet her vacant, hardly-ever-smiling face is expressive enough. The movie simply draws you in, because of its authenticity.

The acting is superb, especially that of Markam Khoury as the father of the bride, Hiyam Abbas as the independent older sister and, of course, Klara Khoury as the Syrian Bride herself. The movie is quadrolingual, and sorta has Hebrew take a back seat. It's mostly in Arabic, and also has some English, Russian and a few words of French. Most viewers will probably be doing quite a lot of reading (subtitles) in this movie, but it's worth it.

The year of 2004 was an amazingly productive one for Israeli cinema, and The Syrian Bride is no exception. You do not want to miss this one.


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