The Syrian Bride (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Syrian Bride (2005)



Critic Consensus: A humane and empathic work, The Syrian Bride depicts the personal impact of politics upon individuals.

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A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late '60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona (Clara Khoury) to marry Tallel (Derar Sliman), who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one -- given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it's unlikely she will ever be able to return. Hammed's oldest son, Hattem (Eyad Sheety), comes back from Russia, where he now lives with his wife, but his father still refuses to forgive him for leaving the land of his birth. Marwan (Ashraf Barhoum), a younger son, is a businessman living in Italy who uses his visit home as an opportunity to visit Jeanne (Julie-Anne Roth), an American United Nations representative he's been dating. And daughter Amal (Hiam Abbass) helps her sister Mona deal with the stress and details of her big day as she struggles to live as a modern woman while married to Amin (Adnan Tarabshi), who wants his spouse to follow a more traditional path. Makram J. Khoury was ideally cast as Hammed in at least one respect -- he's the real life father of Clara Khoury, who plays his screen daughter Mona.


Marlene Bajjali
as The Mother
Norman Issa
as The Syrian Officer
Loutof Nousser
as Senior Elder
Ali Sliman
as Syrian Officer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Syrian Bride

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (24)

Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An engrossing absurdist comedy.

May 19, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

All politics is personal, but rarely has that credo been illustrated so winningly as with Eran Riklis' delicate comedy about the maddening intersection of families, cultures and borders.

April 20, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Syrian Bride

(***): [img][/img] Interesting throughout.


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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicolas Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

Super Reviewer

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