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Amira & Sam (2015)



Critic Consensus: Amira & Sam doesn't quite live up to its premise -- or the chemistry of its stars -- but its flaws are overcome by its sweet, subversive charm.

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Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more. Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together. (C) Drafthouse

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Martin Starr
as Sam Seneca
Rasha Zamamiri
as Veiled Woman
Sean Mullin
as Stand-Up Comedian
Meg Gibson
as VA Administrator
Robert C. Kirk
as Chief Rowenski
James Chen
as Donnie
Christian A. Paluck
as Officer O'Rourke
Christopher Stadulis
as Security Guard
Jolie Mullin
as Rita Bechdel
Teddy Canez
as Officer Valez
Bruce Davis
as Officer Lynch
Melissa Navia
as Police Clerk
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When the eponymous couple is together, 'Amira & Sam' is an earnest and considerate examination of two people falling in love, but the movie lacks certainty when handling these characters separately.

January 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The script is thoughtful, but its anger is diffuse, with laissez-faire capitalism and the problems of illegal immigrants and returning soldiers jostling for attention.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Chief among its pluses is the low-key warmth of leads Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

"Amira & Sam" is all over the map in terms of tone. But it does score a few points as an unusual tale about the casualties of war.

January 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/4

This indie drama is unconvincing as a love story and heavy-handed in its message of tolerance.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

It gets by on low-level sweetness and guile until delivering an unexpectedly powerful emotional sucker-punch at the end.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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