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Ave Maria (2015)

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The silent routine of 5 Nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.

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Basil Khalil
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Maria Zreik ... Sr. Marie
Huda Al Imam Huda Al Imam ... Sr. Marie Angeline
Shady Srour ... Moshe
Ruth Farhi ... Esther
Maya Koren ... Rachel
Sana Tanous Sana Tanous ... Sr. Marie Antoinette
Maria De Pina Maria De Pina ... Sr. Marie Josephine
Raneen Bisharat Iskandar Raneen Bisharat Iskandar ... Sr. Marie of Christ Crucified
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Nuns of the 'Sisters of Mercy' convent in the middle of the West Bank wilderness have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of religious Israeli settlers crash their car into the convent's wall. The Sabbath is approaching and they need to get home urgently, however, because of the Sabbath laws, the Israelis can't operate a phone to call for assistance, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

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Rules are for BREAKING!

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Short | Comedy

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Palestine | France | Germany

Language:

Arabic | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 February 2016 (Tunisia) See more »

Also Known As:

Аве Мария See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$559,502, 26 January 2016, Limited Release
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Dolby SR

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2.35 : 1
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Featured in The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Live Action (2016) See more »

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Decent Comedy
26 February 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ave Maria (2015)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated comedy about a group of nuns living in the West Bank and three Jewish folks who end up on their door step after a car wreck.

This French comedy certainly isn't any sort of masterpiece but if you enjoy watching shorts then there's certainly enough here to keep you entertained. I think director Basil Khalil does a good job in structuring the story and getting it across. I also thought the short was extremely well-made and there's no doubt that the performances were fine. Did the subject make me laugh as much as I should have? Probably not but it's still worth watching.


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