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Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2004 (USA)
In Paris, a Turkish shop owner befriends a Jewish boy in his mid-teens.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Monsieur Ibrahim Deneji
... Moses 'Momo' Schmitt
... Le père de 'Momo'
... La mère de 'Momo'
Lola Naymark ... Myriam
... Sylvie
Mata Gabin ... Fatou
Céline Samie ... Eva
... La star
... 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
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In a street called Blue in a very poor neighborhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim is an old Muslim Turkish owner of a small market. He becomes friend of the teenager Jewish Moises, tenderly nicknamed Momo, who lives with his father in a small apartment on the other side of the street. Monsieur Ibrahim gives paternal love and teaches the knowledge of the Qur'an to the boy, receiving in return love and respect. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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turkish | love | jewish | boy | friend | See All (170) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend:

$531,320 (France), 19 September 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,696, 16 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,823,837, 1 August 2004
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When the producer suggested Omar Sharif for the role of Monsieur Ibrahim, director François Dupeyron was initially worried he might meet a disillusioned star who had seen it all and the socialite whom he had come to associate with adverts for racing bets. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur Ibrahim: To find out if a country is rich or poor, look at the bins. If there are bins and no rubbish, it's rich. If there's rubbish by the bins, it's neither rich nor poor... it's touristy. And if there's rubbish but no bins, then it's poor.
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References Contempt (1963) See more »

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La Bamba
Adapted and Performed by Ritchie Valens from a traditional Mexican folk song
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A Wonderful and Sensitive Tale of Friendship
8 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

In a street called Blue in a very poor neighborhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Shariff) is an old Muslin Turkish owner of a small market. He becomes friend of the teenager Jewish Moises, tenderly nicknamed Momo (Pierre Boulanger), who lives with his father in a small apartment on the other side of the street. Monsieur Ibrahim gives paternal love and teaches the knowledge of the Koran to the boy, receiving in return love and respect.

"Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran" is a wonderful and sensitive tale of friendship. Omar Shariff gives one of his best performances in the role of an experienced and very good man that follows the teaching of his sacred book as his principle of life. Pierre Boulanger has also a great acting in the role of a needy teenager that finds the father he has never had in Monsieur Ibrahim. This delicate and sweet movie deserves to be watched many times, especially in those days that the viewer is down and sorrow, to enlighten his or her life. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Amizade Sem Fronteiras" ("A Friendship Without Boundaries")


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