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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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François Dupeyron

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Monsieur Ibrahim Deneji
Pierre Boulanger ... Moses 'Momo' Schmitt
Gilbert Melki ... Le père de 'Momo'
Isabelle Renauld ... La mère de 'Momo'
Lola Naymark Lola Naymark ... Myriam
Anne Suarez ... Sylvie
Mata Gabin Mata Gabin ... Fatou
Céline Samie Céline Samie ... Eva
Isabelle Adjani ... La star
Guillaume Gallienne ... Le vendeur voiture
Guillaume Rannou Guillaume Rannou ... Le realisateur
Manuel Le Lièvre Manuel Le Lièvre ... Le moniteur auto-école (as Manuel Lelièvre)
Daniel Znyk Daniel Znyk ... Le gendarme
Françoise Armelle Françoise Armelle ... La maitresse d'école
Sylvie Herbert Sylvie Herbert ... L'eximinateur
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Turkish

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Ibrahim See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Having appeared in too many less than mediocre films, actor Omar Sharif had decided no longer to appear in films, because he didn't believe that he would be offered another meaningful role. He did, however, still read any scripts that were sent to him. And when he read the script for Monsieur Ibrahim, he immediately knew that he wanted to make the film. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur Ibrahim: A man's heart is like a caged bird. When you dance, your heart sings... and then rises to heaven.
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Connections

References Contempt (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Adapted and Performed by Ritchie Valens from a traditional Mexican folk song
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Great inspirational film!!
28 December 2004 | by EAKYSee all my reviews

This film is a wonderful example of how one can choose to be a victim or a hero in life! The abrupt start to the movie lets one see the boy's situation immediately. Using the grocery money given to him by his father, he goes searching for his first sexual experience among the prostitutes he observes from the window of his apartment. He is unsupervised, self-sufficient, curious and in desperate need of guidance. The shopkeeper who has been in this boy's life longer than the boy realizes, steps in to be the uplifting and guiding force for him. Initially, I felt a little troubled by the use of the two religions and putting one in a less-kind light. However, I realized that the viewpoint had nothing to do with the religion, rather with the person and how they chose to deal with their life. I will recommend this movie to many people!


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