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Maryam

Maryam (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

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Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views

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Aug 12, 2003

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A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.

July 26, 2002
Washington Post
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A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.

June 7, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.

September 16, 2005
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First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

It takes this never-ending confusion and hatred, puts a human face on it, evokes shame among all who are party to it and even promotes understanding.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

captures that perverse element of the Kafkaesque where identity, overnight, is robbed and replaced with a persecuted "other."

April 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's good; indeed, it's important.

April 21, 2002 Full Review Source: MetroActive
MetroActive

The film is powerful, accessible and funny. You won't miss its messages, but you'll be entertained as well.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Maryam is a small film, but it offers large rewards.

April 13, 2002
Reel.com

The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant.

April 11, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A lack of thesis makes Maryam, in the end, play out with the intellectual and emotional impact of an after-school special.

March 15, 2002 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.

March 7, 2002
New Times

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