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Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Mourali Cyril Mourali ... Azur (voice)
Karim M'Riba Karim M'Riba ... Asmar (voice)
Hiam Abbass ... Jénane (voice)
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Crapoux (voice)
Rayan Mahjoub Rayan Mahjoub ... Azur enfant (voice)
Abdelsselem Ben Amar Abdelsselem Ben Amar ... Asmar enfant (voice)
Fatma Ben Khell Fatma Ben Khell ... La Princesse Chamsous Sabah (voice) (as Fatma Ben Khelil)
Thissa d'Avila Bensalah Thissa d'Avila Bensalah ... La Fée des djinns (voice) (as Tissa Bensalah d'Avila)
Sofia Boutella ... La Fée des elfes (voice)
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Le Sage Yadoa (voice)
Jacques Pater Jacques Pater ... Le Père (voice)
Tayeb Belmihoub Tayeb Belmihoub ... (voice)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... (voice) (as Franck Olivier Bonnet)
Carlos Chahine Carlos Chahine ... (voice) (as Carlos Chahime)
Mohamed Damraoui Mohamed Damraoui ... (voice)
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Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown ups, they mercilessly become rivals in the quest years later, when Azur is being haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn-fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek it out. Now reunited, he finds that she has since become a successful merchant, while Asmar is now a member of the royal guard. However, Asmar also longs to find the Djinn-fairy, and only one of the two youths can be successful in their quest. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for thematic material, some mild action and peril | See all certifications »
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Diaphana [France] | Dionet [Spain] | See more »

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France | Belgium | Spain | Italy

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

25 October 2006 (France) See more »

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€9,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Director Trademark: [Michel Ocelot] [silhouettes] A woman singing under a canopy is seen only in profile, rendered as a solid black silhouette. Later, when Azur and Chamsous Sabah climb a tree to get an overview of the city, they and the branches of the tree are similarly silhouetted against the blue twilight sky. See more »

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[first lines]
Jénane: Azur...
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La Chanson D'Azur Et Asmar (V O)
Performed by Souad Massi
Composed by Gabriel Yared
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Beautiful feast for the eyes and the ears
30 January 2009 | by mr-neil-thorneSee all my reviews

I have seen many great animated tales - from Wall-E, Cars, Ratatouille, Curse of the Were Rabbit, Spirited Away, Belleville Rendezvous, Princess Mononoke, to Ghost in the Shell, Aladdin, Waking Life, The Lord of the Rings and Peter and the Wolf.

This is film has some great qualities of all the above. Firstly the story telling is charming, and time is spent on the characters from the beginning. The animation is more Belleville Rendezvous than Wall-E but it is an exquisitely unique experience as a result.

In this film the intensity always took me by surprise. The incredible contrast of blue eyes, a silhouette frame against the night sky. The intricate detailing of eastern architectures. The vivid saturation of colours. The use of light and dark and colour in particular is possibly the most beautiful of any animation I have ever seen. It had a wonderfully natural quality to the character animation - like the older Disney films, but with striking backgrounds and detailing.

Also interesting is the constant interplay between western and eastern cultures. The dialogue is at times both beautiful, quirky and thoughtful.

I'd recommend this if you have an interest in other cultures, beautiful drawing and quirky storytelling.


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