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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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Eran Riklis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiam Abbass ... Amal (as Hiyam Abbass)
Makram Khoury ... Hammed (as Makram J. Khoury)
Clara Khoury ... Mona
Ashraf Barhom ... Marwan (as Ashraf Barhoum)
Ali Suliman ... Syrian Officer 2
Evelyn Kaplun ... Evelyna (as Evelyne Kaplun)
Julie-Anne Roth ... Jeanne
Adnan Tarabshi Adnan Tarabshi ... Amin (as Adnan Trabshi)
Marlene Bajali ... The Mother (as Marlene Bajjali)
Uri Gavriel ... Simon (as Uri Gabriel)
Alon Dahan ... Arik
Robert Henig Robert Henig ... Joseph (as Robert Hoenig)
Dirar Suleiman Dirar Suleiman ... Tallel
Ranin Boulos Ranin Boulos ... Mai
Hanna Abou-Manneh Hanna Abou-Manneh ... Rama
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Germany | Israel

Language:

Arabic | English | Hebrew | Russian | French

Release Date:

2 December 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Syrian Bride See more »

Filming Locations:

Galilee, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,235, 20 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,574, 25 June 2006
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of The Syrian Bride (2005) See more »

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Dabke Song
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Performed by Heyman Hagazi & The Nizanei Carmel Dancers
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A Very Authentic Film
30 January 2005 | by rialSee all my reviews

I saw this one today and it completely blew me away. It's one of many truly wonderful Israeli films that were made this year. The main story is very moving and easily connected to, and the secondary plot lines are great as well. Details that are featured in the film are very accurate, for the most part, as are the situations and the characters. Viewers can easily relate to the desperate attempts to cut through the red tape, and to the bride's feelings of hopelessness and fear. Notice that the bride speaks fairly little, and yet her vacant, hardly-ever-smiling face is expressive enough. The movie simply draws you in, because of its authenticity.

The acting is superb, especially that of Markam Khoury as the father of the bride, Hiyam Abbas as the independent older sister and, of course, Klara Khoury as the Syrian Bride herself. The movie is quadrolingual, and sorta has Hebrew take a back seat. It's mostly in Arabic, and also has some English, Russian and a few words of French. Most viewers will probably be doing quite a lot of reading (subtitles) in this movie, but it's worth it.

The year of 2004 was an amazingly productive one for Israeli cinema, and The Syrian Bride is no exception. You do not want to miss this one.


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