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The Near East (2006)

El próximo oriente (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 18 August 2006 (Spain)
When his reckless brother, Abel (Asier Etxeandia), refuses to man up and take responsibility for getting young Muslim beauty Aisha (Nur Al Levi) pregnant, bashful Spanish butcher Cain (... See full summary »

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Fernando Colomo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cifrián Javier Cifrián ... Caín
Nur Al Levi Nur Al Levi ... Aisha
Asier Etxeandia ... Abel
Ash Varrez Ash Varrez ... Shakir
Lalita Ahmed ... Samaah
Gayathri Kesavan Gayathri Kesavan ... Reema
Lakshmi Khabrani ... Fátima
Laura Cepeda ... Milagros
Víctor Benjumea Víctor Benjumea ... Cristóbal
Lilian Caro Lilian Caro ... Virginia
Carlos Bañuelos Carlos Bañuelos ... Jorge
Kira Miró ... Pino
Carmen Parra Carmen Parra ... Gemela 1
María Parra María Parra ... Gemela 2
Azmi Ayyashi Azmi Ayyashi ... Imán
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When his reckless brother, Abel (Asier Etxeandia), refuses to man up and take responsibility for getting young Muslim beauty Aisha (Nur Al Levi) pregnant, bashful Spanish butcher Cain (Javier Cifrián) agrees to marry the girl and act as the child's father. But the simple plan goes haywire when Cain discovers he must first adopt Aisha's Islamic faith as his own.

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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Guitarra y baile
Written by Juan Martín
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Touching feel good romantic comedy
26 May 2007 | by sapientsueSee all my reviews

This is my first review only because I am bothered by the low rating. This was one of the best romantic comedies I have seen and I see a lot of movies. The ending is predictable, but so what, all romantic comedies are. The people who rated it low are probably not big on romantic comedies in general. This movie was so touching on many levels. It's the kind of movie that you walk out of feeling really good. The story is about a man who is jealous of his womanizing brother's ability to attract decent women. He takes pity on one of his brothers victims who is a Muslim woman with a strict father. He tries to help her and make up for his brother's indiscretions and ends up immersing himself in their culture. I loved that it gave a beautiful portrayal of a Muslim family. I learned some really cool things like how they give 2.5% of their earnings to someone in need (directly) and how they don't believe in carrying debt. This is not an award winning type cinematic masterpiece, but I gave it 10 stars because it's fun and has the ability to actually change your mood.

Edit: - I noticed that all the other reviews were from 2006, so I should mention that I saw this in April 2007 at the 23rd Chicago Latino Film Festival at Facets.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 August 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Ez meglőtte, az hazavitte See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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$775,228
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(European Film Market)
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