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The Wedding Song (2008)

Le chant des mariées (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 December 2008 (France)
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The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewish woman who are both preparing for their marriages.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lizzie Brocheré ... Myriam
Olympe Borval Olympe Borval ... Nour
Najib Oudghiri Najib Oudghiri ... Khaled / Nour's fiancé-cousin
Simon Abkarian ... Raoul / Doctor
Karin Albou Karin Albou ... Tita / mère de Myriam-Myriam's mother-Tailor
Lassad Boumnijel Lassad Boumnijel ... père de Nour / Nour's father
Nejia Jendoubi Nejia Jendoubi ... mère de Nour / Nour's mother
Hichem Rostom Hichem Rostom ... père de Raoul / Raoul's father
Jaouida Vaugan Jaouida Vaugan ... mère de Raoul / Raoul's mother
Noureddine Bousselmi Noureddine Bousselmi ... Si Mustapha
Habiba Songri Habiba Songri ... soeur de Nour / Nour's sister
Skander Capizzi Skander Capizzi ... frère de Nour / Nour's brother
Saleh Trifi Saleh Trifi ... oncle de Nour / Nour's uncle
Inchirah Zitouni Inchirah Zitouni ... Hannana
Dalila Meftahi Dalila Meftahi ... Patronne du hammam
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Two young women, Nour and Myriam find that their differences bring them closer during a difficult time. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Tunisia, and as they've grown into adulthood they've stayed close friends, even though Nour is a Muslim and Myriam is Jewish. It's 1942, and Tunisia is under occupation by Axis forces, which has made life difficult for both women; the German authorities have prevented Khaled, Nour's fiancé and cousin, from getting a job, forcing them to postpone their wedding, while Myriam's family must pay exorbitant fines for being Jewish, which may lead her into a marriage of convenience to a wealthy physician Raoul many years her senior. While Myriam sees no way out of her desperate situation, Nour finds that the Nazi propaganda circulated throughout the community is piquing her worst suspicions about Jewish stereotypes. But as Nour and Myriam sink deeper into their personal crises, they begin to understand how badly they need one another's support. Written by lament

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Drama | War

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Country:

France | Tunisia

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

17 December 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Song See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,240, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,818, 5 March 2010
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Simon Abkarian refused to appear naked in the film. See more »

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Edited into Film socialisme (2010) See more »

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Naturträne
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During World War II,Tunisia is occupied by the Germans and the Allied forces are bombarding with French soldiers hanging out.. Two girls try to survive...
20 October 2008 | by danny-castelSee all my reviews

Outstanding movie! Historical accurate - outstanding acting performances! Lizzie Brocheré succeeded in a convincing way, her efforts must have been tremendously exhausting but they bluntly payed off, the actress merits plenty of awards. Olympe Borval performs as the best actresses do. Simon Abkarian impersonates his character with a dept seldom seen on the screen. The script is well written, and one has the impression that it is well researched up to an academic level. Even if one does not like war movies he or she will be more then surprised about the films touch for human experiences and underlying anthropological - sociological study.


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