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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 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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Country:

Palestine | France | Germany

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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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Slight but very enjoyable and well made.
30 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was made in the Palestinian territory and is a comedy about three Jewish people who become stranded there when they smash into a statue of the Virgin Mary at a small nunnery. The problem is that the nuns have taken a vow of silence and the Jewish folks are very observant...so strict as Jews that they cannot use telephones to call for help! What are they to do?

I enjoyed this film and it made me smile. I found the ending a bit predictable but a finely acted and clever short. While I don't think it's the very best of these shorts, it is unusual and sometimes happy films have an edge in winning simply because Academy voters seem to prefer nice shorts as opposed to down-beat ones...and three are very, very downbeat.

Whether or not this one wins, I'll update this review about this. If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on this short--though as I said I don't think it's the very best of the lot.

UPDATE: "Stutterer" took the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.


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