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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 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 ...
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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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The movie joke about gap-toothed men being seductive to women was an in-joke by the co-scriptwriter Suha Arraf, toward Mr. Riklis, who is himself gap-toothed. She also included many of her own experiences as an intelligent independent Arab woman living in Israel. See more »

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Mona's father says he has raised her for 25 years. However, she states her birth date as November 30th 1976 and the movie is set on July 17th 2000. That would make her only 23 years old. See more »

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An excellent film, well portrayed
8 April 2006 | by (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

The plot has been well described in earlier comments. During the film I was reminded of an early computer game called Bureaucracy where every effort to accomplish something was met by official stumbling blocks. The four language dialog and actual site of the film added a true sense of reality. The English subtitles and the facial expressions of the actors were more than adequate to convey the emotional content of the story. After a few minutes into the film, I became unaware of the fact that I was reading the dialog and was totally immersed in the plot. The father's acceptance of the errant son visiting from Russia was very touching and realistic. The older sister's walk away from the border was somewhat enigmatic to me. The end of the film left a very big question in my mind. Did the Syrian border guard let the bride into Syria?


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