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Sabah (2005)

One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.

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Ruba Nadda

Writer:

Ruba Nadda
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arsinée Khanjian ... Sabah
Setta Keshishian Setta Keshishian ... Um Mouhammed
Roula Said Roula Said ... Shaheera
Fadia Nadda Fadia Nadda ... Souhaire
Jeff Seymour ... Majid
Kathryn Winslow ... Amal
Shawn Doyle ... Stephen Montpellier
Aaron Abrams ... Paramedic
Mary Lou Fallis Mary Lou Fallis ... Opera Singer
David Alpay ... Mustafa
Kaylen Christensen Kaylen Christensen ... Girlfriend
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Storyline

Sabah is 40, single, an immigrant from Syria living in Toronto with her family, responsible for her mother's well-being. Since her father's death, her brother Majid has been the family authority. His niece doesn't want him choosing her husband, his marriage is rocky, but he insists on tradition. Sabah meets Stephen at a city swimming pool; they're attracted to each other. Because he's not a Muslim, Sabah hides their friendship from her family. Where can this relationship go? Can this family sort out its tensions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

TL Boulton Productions Ltd

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Coldwater See more »

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Production Co:

T. L. Boulton See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Selected as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's second annual showcase of Canadian cinema - Canadian Front: New Films 2005. See more »

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Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »

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Excellent, highly recommended and one of Canada's best for 2005
18 January 2006 | by phbalancedSee all my reviews

A beautiful, funny and entertaining story which brings back memories of another indie Canadian film a few years ago called DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Mina Shum. Sabah is the name and film title about a 40 year old single Muslim woman who meets and dates a non-Muslim man and tries to hide it from her domineering brother who's in charge of running the family. Sounds serious but it's a light hearted comedy which has some serious moments. Story is about family loyalty, romance and friendship. Great performances by the beautiful and one of Canada's most outstanding actresses, Arsinee Khanjian as Sabah and Shawn Doyle as her non-Muslim boyfriend, well-known series lead from the Canadian TV series "The Eleventh Hour". Overall, a wonderful film. Thumbs up and hope it's a Genie contender this year.


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