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The Syrian Bride (2005)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 5

A humane and empathic work, The Syrian Bride depicts the personal impact of politics upon individuals.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 2

A humane and empathic work, The Syrian Bride depicts the personal impact of politics upon individuals.



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A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late '60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona (Clara Khoury) to marry Tallel (Derar Sliman), who has since become a successful actor in Syria.


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jun 6, 2006

Koch Lorber Films

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (5) | DVD (6)

Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An engrossing absurdist comedy.

May 19, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This Israeli film gives us an honest look at situations we never see in the news. It may have too many flaws to be a good film, but for its content, it is a winner.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It is written, directed and acted with real compassion and sympathy for the humanity of its characters, no matter who they are or on what side of these multiple issues they turn out to be.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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All politics is personal, but rarely has that credo been illustrated so winningly as with Eran Riklis' delicate comedy about the maddening intersection of families, cultures and borders.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Unrelentingly pedantic, it's also utterly humorless.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Riklis performs a delicate balancing act, juggling a half-dozen plotlines, each of which is made vivid by his terrific cast.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An extraordinary Israeli film that is unlike any other wedding film ever made!

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

While the film's depiction of bureaucratic frustrations and familial woe are universal, the characters themselves can be difficult to warm up to and often seem as arid as their surroundings.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's a lovely little film that puts a big, big bite on some very large issues.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

As enjoyable a piece of cultural satire as any that's come out of this highly troubled region.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Though too schematic and too intent on resolving all its prickly family issues, The Syrian Bride nonetheless packs an emotional punch.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I like everything about The Syrian Bride except the title. And, in the grand scheme of things, that's no big deal.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

There is comedy of an absurdist sort in the film by Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian screenwriter Suha Arraf.

February 23, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Syrian Bride

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Syrian Bride", it is Mona's wedding day. What complicates this is that she is a member of the Druze people living in the occupied Golan Heights area of Israel. She has not met her future husband. He is a popular television personality in Syria. Once she gets married, she will go to Syria and cannot return. Her family will never see her again.(Family conferences tend to be conducted by bullhorn over the border.) [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Mona's father is on parole and cannot venture to the border to see her off. Her sister is married with children and seeks to restart her education. One brother is a wheeler-dealer returning from Italy. Another brother is persona non grata for the past eight years for marrying a Russian woman.(The Druze elders have threatened to disown the father if he accepts him back.) Oh and there is the pro-Syria demonstration happening on the same day...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Syrian Bride" would be truly surreal if the situation was not so serious. This is an excellent, multi-layered film that contrasts the Druze who are stuck between two countries and the draconian treatment of the women. It is hard to believe there are arranged marriages in this day and age. [/font]
December 5, 2005
Walter M.

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Heartbreaking but well told story of a wedding across political lines. I don't think anyone will forget the very poignant depcition of a bride stranded at a border crossing unable to be a participant in her happy day.
November 5, 2012
John Ballantine

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Not much of a political statement and not much of a drama either. I did not connect to the main characters and after a while all I wanted to do was fast forward to the end. Solid performances by the whole cast did not save the film from mediocracy.
December 12, 2010

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  • Die syrische Braut (DE)
  • Syrian Bride (UK)
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