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When Monaliza Smiled (2012)

Lamma dehket Monaliza (original title)
A romantic comedy about a love story between Jordanian Monaliza, and Egyptian Hamdi, set in present day Amman among a community of nosy stereotypes and quirky characters.

Director:

Fadi Haddad

Writer:

Fadi Haddad
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Credited cast:
Tahani Salim Tahani Salim ... Monaliza
Shady Khalaf Shady Khalaf ... Hamdi
Haifa Al-Agha Haifa Al-Agha ... Afaf
Nadira Omran Nadira Omran ... Nayfeh
Suha Najjar Suha Najjar ... Rudaina
Fouad Al Shomali Fouad Al Shomali ... Abu Sarah
Haidar Kfouf Haidar Kfouf ... Suhail
Fadi Arida Fadi Arida ... Asfour
Nabil Koni Nabil Koni ... Maurice
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ibrahim Abbas Ibrahim Abbas ... Hassan
Amjad Abd Al Fadeel Amjad Abd Al Fadeel ... Egyptian Cafeteria Guy
Asma Abu Al Hajja Asma Abu Al Hajja ... Saadiyah
Moutasem Al Baik Moutasem Al Baik ... Police Officer 1
Asmahan Al Dalo Asmahan Al Dalo ... Um Issam
Mohammad Al Quda Mohammad Al Quda ... Employee 2
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A romantic comedy about a love story between Jordanian Monaliza, and Egyptian Hamdi, set in present day Amman among a community of nosy stereotypes and quirky characters.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Surprisingly Good
26 October 2012 | by ryanrieggSee all my reviews

Went to see "When MonaLiza Smiled" last night here in Amman. When I came in, I didn't expect much. For one, I'm a jaded and cynical lawyer who used to work in the Entertainment industry in Los Angeles, so I generally think of 90% of movies as complete crap. And because, compared to the Israeli or Iranian movie industries, Arab film-making still has far to go. Consequently, I didn't have high hopes. I basically expected yet another fare of Arab made-for-TV-movie quality where I would spend most of the night checking my smart phone and sleeping.

However, I was immensely surprised by how good "When MonaLiza Smiled" was. I'm not sure how to describe the movie to my fellow foreigners - but it's basically like the Jordanian version of "Amelie". It's sweet, insightful, and entertaining. The characters are well drawn with good back stories. The movie makes good points about the complexity of Jordanian and Arab society without ever seeming "preachy". And it's just a generally fun date movie.

I look forward to seeing other movies by this director/writer. He's got talent. If he can produce a movie of this quality on $120,000 budget- it will be impressive to see what he can do in the future with a few million. A+.


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Country:

Jordan

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Jordan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan

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Budget:

JOD120,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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