The Syrian Bride Reviews

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June 22, 2006
Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.
May 20, 2006
While the film's depiction of bureaucratic frustrations and familial woe are universal, the characters themselves can be difficult to warm up to and often seem as arid as their surroundings.
May 19, 2006
An engrossing absurdist comedy.
May 12, 2006
A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights.
April 21, 2006
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.
April 20, 2006
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.
April 20, 2006
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 7, 2006
The movie charms while making a bold statement about the borders that governments and individuals construct to keep each other apart.
April 6, 2006
The real interest in the film enters by the side door, through supporting characters.
April 6, 2006
Comes by its sweetness honestly. And while multinationalism is no guarantee of quality, this film is a true multinational affair.
March 23, 2006
It seems to line up every conceivable cultural, sexual or religious fender-bender it can for maximum conflict. But at the same time, Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian co-writer Suha Arraf use the device to reveal touching human complexity.
February 23, 2006
The ensemble cast is generally strong, but [Hiam] Abbass, who played the mother of one of the suicide bombers in Paradise Now, is a standout.
February 3, 2006
In the assured, Jean Renoirlike, sympathetic handling of director Riklis (Zohar), individuals deserve empathy while the socio-historical forces crushing them demand scorn.
January 20, 2006
Amal becomes the heart of The Syrian Bride and Abbass its most poignant treasure.
January 20, 2006
Reps generous-hearted ensemble storytelling.
December 6, 2005
The Syrian Bride becomes an overtly political movie, but with all its loose threads and random directions, it feels more like the pilot for an unmade miniseries.
December 2, 2005
The Syrian Bride manages the rare feat of blending the personal and the political in pitch-perfect fashion.
November 18, 2005
Eran Riklis and his co-writer, Suha Arraf, take impressive care to create a sensitive and thoughtful examination of each character (and country's) deeply held bias.
November 16, 2005
The lapses are eclipsed by an abiding empathy toward his characters.
November 16, 2005
[Director Eran Riklis] has much to say about the invisible lines that separate people, and rein in dreams.
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