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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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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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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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Omar Sharif, who plays a turkish man, is not turkish in real life and couldn't speak turkish in the movie. Some of the words were made up and are not a part of the turkish language. See more »

Quotes

Momo: Do you think I'm good-looking?
Monsieur Ibrahim: [chuckles] You're very good-looking.
Momo: Will I be good-looking enough to attract girls without paying?
Monsieur Ibrahim: In a few years, they'll pay for you.
Momo: It's not great for now.
Monsieur Ibrahim: Of course not. See how you go about it? You stare as if to say, "See how good-looking I am." And so they just laugh. You have to look at them as if to say, "I've never seen such beauty before."
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

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Waltz
from "Coppélia"
Written by Léo Delibes
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Witty, melancholic, funny, full of love and life
5 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Seldom do I buy the book because I saw the movie. I did this time around and the book is even better than the movie albeit a bit too short, although throughout the book, you will always see Omar Sharif as Ibrahim.

I went to see this without knowing too much about it and from the very beginning it succeeded in drawing me right into Rue Bleu, it was as if I could almost smell it, feel it, touch it. Why? Because we care for the characters, we feel with them, through them. Omar Sharif is just stellar as Monsieur Ibrahim and carries the story with such an ease that it is a delight to watch.

One of the most powerful scenes for me was when Ibrahim confronts Momo about the stealing. There are more but I do not want to spoil it for you. "Ibrahim" is an emotional journey that you have to be willing to make. If you do you will be well rewarded.

Highly recommendable. 9/10


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