The Syrian Bride (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The Syrian Bride
Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.
An engrossing absurdist comedy.
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.
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.
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[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]
[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]
[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]
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.
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.
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