Sabah - A Love Story Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 10, 2012
A cheap fan-service flick that botches its ending and completely squanders its intriguing, somewhat controversial premise.
iLeo
Super Reviewer
½ February 12, 2011
Absolutely fantastic! This is a great film that has left me laughing at every opportunity and excessively smiling throughout all the scenes. The family has a great dynamic and each character is remarkably expressed, and the story plot is wonderfully written.
Arsine Khanjian, Shawn Doyle, Jeff Seymour, Setta Keshishian, and Roula Said stars. Worth seeing!
Super Reviewer
½ August 15, 2010
This was such a wonderful love story. An Arabic woman falls in love with a Canadian carpenter. Her Muslim family forbids her to date outside of her faith but she slowly starts to see him on the sly and falls in love. Stephen is so charming and makes a real effort to respect and learn about her culture. He even offers to convert. I found it very fascinating and touching.
September 20, 2013
How I wish you could buy a soundtrack....
½ June 1, 2012
I thought this was a REALLY GOOD movie. Demonstrated the universal human condition as well as any movie. And it had a campy feel to it that made it quite engaging, too. It may be Canadian government ethnic blending propoganda, but I liked it anyway. We were pulling for the characters by the end. See it!!
May 1, 2012
Charming, sweet, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.
Super Reviewer
January 10, 2012
A cheap fan-service flick that botches its ending and completely squanders its intriguing, somewhat controversial premise.
½ December 24, 2011
truly an awful movie. aside from the numerous irrelevant and uninteresting scenes scattered throughout this move it is both socially and culturally inaccurate. it displays both the western and muslim world as one-dimensional with every referenced based completely off over-played stereotypes. it insults islam and muslim women everywhere by degrading the hijab and by making a mockery of verses from the Qur'an. additionally the actors are hideous looking and their acting is similar.
May 7, 2011
I love this movie, and have watched it 3 or 4 times. Cross-cultural romance is so much a product of our times, so unheard of only a generation or two before this. Beautifully acted, very believable, a real treat.
April 21, 2011
Sabah A Love Story is exactly that, It(TM)s not meant to be a Documentary of Muslim Life. Its a Love Story. Set in Canada, Sabah(TM)s story spans a period of a year, begins on her 40th Birthday, ends on her 41st . Sabah brilliantly played by the Award Winning Arsin (C)e Khanjian, is a woman who has been deprived of a life, in order to look after their Mother. Sabah and Steven(TM)s relationship begins at a Community swimming pool. Swimming is something she used to love and has not done in a very long time. Their attraction to one another is instant; they meet weekly at the pool followed by coffee or Lunch. Get to know each other, their common likes such as Opera, Steven begins to learn lessons of what pursuing a relationship with this woman will mean. Steven reveals at one of their coffee clutches that he is divorced, Sabah is void of understanding Divorce?. She fears this may have killed any real hope of furthering their relationship, when Steven asks her out on a real date. But Sabah must keep this relationship a secrete from: Her older sister, Shaheera, is Conservative, and looking Marry her, westernized daughter, Souhaire, off to the highest bidder, older brother, Majid, head of the family, who tries to rule with an Iron Fist. Majid(TM)s Wife Amal, modern and has her own secrets. Souhaire, the only one to know about Steven and her Mother who is somewhere between Conservative and Modern. Again this is not a Documentary, it(TM)s a story. As Sabah(TM)s love for Steven grows, her ability to Bend the Rules? does also. Sabah emotionally moves away from her family and closer to Steven. Steven tries to understand Sabah and Islam. Sabah tries to bend with out breaking to the point of Loosing her family or Steven. The Acting by the Leads is Strong, their chemistry, remarkable. The ensemble is good. No rated, there is one use of foul language, No nudity but yes an Adult situation, lets be honest, Day Time Soap Operas are more offensive than Sabah A Love Story. Likely would have been PG.
March 7, 2011
This is such a sweet movie! A must see!
February 2, 2011
A lovely romantic comedy... and the courage to bend the rules!
January 16, 2011
This movie is a story about a woman, Sabah (Arsin (C)e Khanjan), an attractive, single 40-year-old living and taking care of her elderly Syrian mother (Setta Keshishian) in Toronto. As a dutiful daughter of a traditional, Muslim family, Sabah is observant of the family's conservative rules of devoting her life to her mother and family. On her 40th birthday, a gift (photo of her swimming with her Father) reminds her how independent and happy she was as a child. This photo slowly catalyzes her in finding herself and doing the things that resonate within. For the first time in her adult life, she rebels by taking up swimming secretly.

Her authoritarian older brother, Majid (Jeff Seymour), runs the family business and creates a far more conservative/traditional family atmosphere than ever before in his attempt to fulfill his promise to his father of taking care of the family. Despite being married to a non-traditional Muslim woman, Amal (Kathryn Winslow), Majid applies rigidly old-fashioned rules to his sisters, mother, and niece: that a woman's place is her home, that his teenage niece Souhaire (Fadia Nadda) should have an arranged marriage (which brings about an open rebellion) and that he should financially support all the women in his family in order to relieve them of burden of entering the workplace.

By starting to put her needs ahead of her family's needs, Sabah rejects her family's rigid rules thus starting a domino effect causing everyone else adjusting to the reality of their situation.

The low-budget movie, shot in Toronto over 20 days, beautifully captures the challenges muslim families face in trying to uphold their traditional, religious beliefs and family values in an atmosphere that seems to espouse instant gratification, materialism, and other values contrary to family values.
½ December 28, 2010
a nice story, not a well made movie though. loved the soundtrack
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