Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day (2003)

Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day



Critic Consensus: A poignant drama that offers a look at what it is like to live in occupied Palestine.

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Rana (Clara Khoury) is a young Palestinian woman, living in Jerusalem. Her father (Zuher Fahoum) is moving to Egypt, and he knows that Rana does not want to go with him. He thinks she's too young to get married, but he gives her a choice; she can go with him, or she can marry one of the men on a list he's compiled of acceptable bachelors. On the morning of her father's departure, Rana sneaks out of the house and goes to meet Khalil (Khalifa Natour), the man she loves, as they had arranged. But a bombing the night before has kept Khalil from coming to Jerusalem, so Rana has to navigate a treacherous bureaucratic labyrinth of checkpoints and armed guards to reach Khalil at the theater where he works in Ramallah. When she finally gets there, her troubles are far from over. Her plan is for Khalil to marry her, but because she's underage, they find they need her father's permission. Together with Khalil's friend, Ramzy (Ismael Dabbag), the couple must drive back to Jerusalem, pick up the registrar to officiate, and convince her father to let her marry Khalil. As the deadline grows closer -- her father is taking an afternoon flight -- Rana ponders her decision to marry and to stay in Jerusalem, and wonders whether or not she's doing the right thing. Rana's Wedding was written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, who also made the 2002 documentary Ford Transit. Both films were shown at the 2003 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, where Abu-Assad was awarded the Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ihab Lamey, Liana Badr
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
Arab Film Distribution - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

Rana's Wedding serves as a strong reminder of the difficulties the people of Jerusalem face every day.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This wedding film is no stale confection.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Gentle, tumultuous coming-of- age-in-a-day story.

Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie is passable as a story but fascinating as a document.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As Rana, Khoury gives the film a sympathetic center, but also a maddening one.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Effectively conveys the fears and frustrations of Palestinians struggling in a country that treats them as the enemy.

Full Review… | December 1, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day

[font=Century Gothic]"Rana's Wedding" takes place in Jerusalem where Rana(Clara Khoury) has ten hours to make the biggest decision of her life, an ultimatum given to her by her widowed father - either follow him to Egypt to continue her studies or marry one of the possible suitors on a list he gave her, all men of honorable professions. Rana has a different idea - to marry her boyfriend, Khalil(Khalifa Natour), a theatre director who has not measured up to her father's rigorous standards. But, first, Rana has to find him...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Rana's Wedding" is an exquisitely filmed and illuminating movie about the West Bank which uses the plot as a way of examining the land under siege and the difficulties of living there even on the best of days. This, however, is a day of trials for Rana and Khalil, and her frustration and anger are those of a whole people. That having been said, the lives of the characters at the center of this excellent movie do matter.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

interesting take on the palestinian-israeli conflict through a woman who must get married or face deportation to cairo.

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