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Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim) (2003)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 12

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


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 2

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



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During the early 1960s, Paris was an explosion of life. As the old gave way to the new, everything was in flux and the city was filled with an energy that promised cultural shifts and social change. Against this background, in a working class neighborhood, two unlikely characters--a young Jew and an elderly Muslim--begin a friendship. When we meet Moise, also known as Momo, he is in effect an orphan even tough he lives with prostitutes who treat him with genuine affection. Momo buys his


Art House & International, Drama

François Dupeyron

Jul 6, 2004


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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (12) | DVD (13)

That rare film about the sort of emotionally needy people who don't wear their neediness on their sleeves.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling.

March 25, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Contrary to expectation, it's neither a movie about religion nor the coming together of enemies. What it is, at heart, is a movie about love.

March 12, 2004
Washington Post
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Sharif proves that at age 72 he can still command the screen.

March 12, 2004
Washington Post
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Pierre Boulanger, who plays Moses, has an intelligent, awkward boyish charm, but most of the interest comes from Omar Sharif.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An appealing breeze of the French New Wave blows through the film.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Unbearably life affirming and quasi-spiritual... [Sharif] dispenses bromides like a watery-eyed, Middle-Eastern Forrest Gump.

July 2, 2004 Full Review

Director Francois Depeyron evokes the look and feel of nostalgia extremely well, recalling films like 'Cinema Paradiso' for their wistfulness and charm.

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

Even when the material is rather thin and obvious -- and it sometimes is -- Sharif and Boulanger's performances make Monsieir Ibrahim agreeable.

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hardly challenging.

May 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A slight-but-charming French heart-warmer that gives Omar Sharif his best role since... well, since Lawrence of Arabia.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Sharif still has that twinkle in his eye and a commanding screen presence.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

[Pierre] Boulanger joins Keisha Castle-Hughes of Whale Rider as one of this year's strongest juvenile performers.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

Charming but sentimental...

April 12, 2004 | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The [movie's] two halves are larded with European coming-of-age cliches... and never meld into a satisfying whole.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Thanks to Sharif's performance, this French-language import is made quite watchable.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Since there's no real-world grit to go with the grace, the story comes off as shallow and unaffecting.

April 8, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Better when it's resisting the need to be about something, the movie starts strong.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

His performance is a vivid reminder that Sharif, 71, is still out there and capable of doing fine work when it is offered to him.

April 1, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In this first sequence in Monsieur Ibrahim, Moses appears a typical teenaged boy, trying out his masculine prerogative and simultaneously unsure of what he wants.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A mystery at heart, about identity, fatherhood, religion and how early transistor radios transformed young people's lives. On that level, it is utterly engrossing.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Anchored by two superb performances, the film becomes slightly more engaging than it has any right to.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim)

Sweet movie. Nice, easy pace. Heartwarming, and produces just the right amount of smiles. I like these kinds of movies....
January 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

Moses: When are you going to adopt me? Monsieur Ibrahim: Tomorrow if you like. Ah, yes, if only life were always so easy. There is a definite fairy tale quality to this film. It's a nice, quiet story about love and acceptance. I'm sure they could have done more with this script, but I think they did not want to make it any more of a "message" movie than it is; there are no axes to grind here. This is less about the universal problems of racial or religious differences and child abandonment than it is about one individual finding his place in the world. A wonderful coming of age story, and a very fine performance by Omar Sharif.
September 4, 2007

Super Reviewer

"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!
December 22, 2010
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    1. Ibrahim: To find out if a country is rich or poor, look at the bins. If there are bins and no rubbish, it's rich. If there's rubbish by the bins, it's neither rich nor poor... it's touristy. And if there's rubbish but no bins, then it's poor.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
    1. Ibrahim: They spin around their hearts because God is there.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
    1. Ibrahim: Slowness is the key of happiness.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
    1. Momo: Arab means open from 8 til midnight, even Sunday.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
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