Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran

2003, Drama, 1h 34m

81 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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With tender, assured performances, Sharif and Boulanger elevate what might have been a rote coming-of-age tale. Read critic reviews

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For Momo (Pierre Boulanger), a young Jewish kid growing up in Paris in the early 1960s, life is pretty exciting. He's friends with many of the local prostitutes and loses his virginity to one of them, Sylvie (Anne Suarez). He also catches glimpses of a famous movie star (Isabelle Adjani) filming in his neighborhood. But it's his friendship with a Muslim shopkeeper, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), that's the most rewarding part of his life. Gradually, the older man becomes a surrogate father to Momo.

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  • Jan 01, 2011
    Sweet movie. Nice, easy pace. Heartwarming, and produces just the right amount of smiles. I like these kinds of movies....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2010
    "Mister Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an" is a French movie based on a book and a play by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. The award winning drama (César Award, Best Actor 2004: Omar Sharif; Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo for Best Male Performance 2003: Pierre Boulanger; Venice International Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Actor 2003: Omar Sharif; nomination for the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film) nostalgically explores life of a working-class Paris neighbourhood in the 1960s through growing of Moїse Schmidt (Momo), a young Jewish boy. He is fascinated by the elderly Turkish man, Ibrahim Demirci, who owns a grocery store across the street where Momo often shoplifts. Their relationship develops and soon Momo feels closer to Ibrahim than to his father... I would not like to spoil the watching of this heart-warming movie and I'll keep the rest of the story as a secret... :-) Impressive film which so realistically manages to takes us to the world where friendship is possible and natural between a typical teenaged boy, trying out his masculine prerogative (simultaneously unsure of what he wants) and older charismatic sage who is plainly desired father figure in this sentimental tale. I hope you'll have a chance to enjoy it!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    Well done film about a Jewish boy who befriends a Muslim shopkeeper. Omar Sharif brings warmth and depth to his character Ibrahim. As we see life through Momo's (Pierre Boulanger) eyes...we digest every bit of wisdom from Ibrahim bet it family, women, and life in general. My only beef with this film was the ending. I won't spoil it for you...but I didn't feel the necessary emotion that was required. But despite that...this movie is worth watching.
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2009
    Très amusant. Very warm colours.
    meril l Super Reviewer

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