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Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song) (2008)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Two young women find that their differences bring them closer during a difficult time in this drama from writer and director Karin Albou. Nour (Olympe Borval) and Myriam (Lizzie Brocheré) grew up in the same neighborhood in Tunis, and as they've grown into adulthood they've stayed close friends, even though Nour is a Muslim and Myriam is Jewish. It's 1942, and Tunis is under occupation by Axis forces, which has made life difficult for both women; the German authorities have prevented Khaled


Art House & International, Drama

Karin Albou

Mar 9, 2010

Pyramide Distribution

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

The movie's distinction .. lies in two lovely performances, and in the passion and pain of parallel lives -- both girls suffering at the hands of men, both struggling to understand the brutality of the world they must share.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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With intimacy and sensuality, Albou explores what it means to be a woman and the bonds that women form with each other in an increasingly precarious situation.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The bond between Brocheré and Borval is more physical than verbal; they often seem on the verge of a deep, soulful lip-lock, but since neither character is developed satisfactorily, it's hard to develop a rooting interest in...their friendship.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Writer-director Karin Albou (who plays the mother of the Jewish bride) has a sensuous, intimate filmmaking style that overrides The Wedding Song's more precariously loaded plot parallels.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This seductively fluid and tactile drama explores love and identity through the prism of the female body and the rights of its owner.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An intelligently written and directed story of two 16-year-old girls -- one Jewish and one Muslim -- and their friendship in Tunis during the Nazi occupation in the 1940s.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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César nominee writer/director Karin Albou summons a genie with this pair of love stories, set in the worst of times, that challenge loyalties to the limit.

November 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
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Many, many movies have been made about World War II; but Albou's film provides a fresh perspective. It also doesn't hurt that her two lead actresses are terrifically beautiful.

October 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

An engrossing, tender and captivating drama with heartfelt, raw performances.

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Love in the time of Hitler!

October 24, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

A sensuous, astonishing, and memorable film about the different shades of love in sexuality, friendship, and marriage.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

In The Wedding Song, director Karin Albou shrewdly links national politics with its domestic sexual counterpart.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Somewhat inventive, graced by strong performances amid a background in Tunisia, 'The Wedding Song' could be called 'East Side Story' given its resemblance to the Broadway musical inspired by 'Romeo and Juliet.'

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Audience Reviews for Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)

There's a lot going on in this film. Perhaps, too much in this story of the Nazi occupation of Tunis in 1942. The friendship of a Jewish and Muslim girl is tested against the actions of their parents and the occupiers. The preparation for marriage scene, Oriental style, is painful to watch and lasts too long. However, this is a very fine film, and should be seen by all who have an interest in the terrible times of World War II.
February 8, 2011

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The German occupation of Tunisia forms the backdrop for this gritty look at Arab-Jewish relations on a microscopic scale. Two families that live in the same compound try to deal with the harsh realities of war, testing friendships. Excellent, sensitive telling, terrific acting and unrelenting tension made this a most interesting film. The collaboration between the Germans, the French, and the native Arabs, was an aspect of the war that this viewer had been unaware of. No longer.
December 8, 2011
Mark Abell

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