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

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

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A boy from a broken home finds a friend in an insular, spiritual shopkeeper in this period drama from writer/director François Dupeyron. Set in 1960s Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran revolves around Momo (Pierre Boulanger), a young man who lives alone with his father in the bustling Rue Bleu district. Still smarting over the separation from his wife and other son, Momo's dad neglects his son in ways both minor and major, to the point where the teen spends most of his time out of school alone and isolated. He finds an unlikely ally in Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a Muslim shopkeeper who spends most of his days behind the counter of his store reading the Koran. As time passes, Momo and Ibrahim begin to bring each other out of his respective shell, sharing a series of everyday adventures, culminating in Momo's indoctrination into Ibrahim's faith. Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran played the Toronto and Venice film festivals; at the latter, Sharif was given a lifetime achievement award for this and the rest of his career's work.more
Rating: R (for some sexual content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: François Dupeyron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
Box Office: $2.6M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast

Omar Sharif
as Monsieur Ibrahim
Isabelle Renauld
as Momo's Mother
Gilbert Melki
as Momo's Father
Guillaume Gallienne
as The Car Salesman
Guillane Rannou
as The Director
Manuel LeLievre
as The Driving School I...
Daniel Znyk
as The Policeman
Francoise Armelle
as The Schoolmistress
Sylvie Herbert
as The Testgiver
Claude Merline
as The Notary
Pascal Vincent
as The Secondhand Books...
Tessa Volkine
as Myriam's Mother
Maryse Deol
as Administrative Worke...
Gérard Bôle du Chaum...
as Administrative Worke...
Francois Toumaarkine
as Administrative Worke...
Sylvie Debrun
as Administrative Worke...
Jeremy Sitbon
as Momo at 8 Years Old
Eric Caravaca
as Momo at 30 Years Old
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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim)

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Sharif proves that at age 72 he can still command the screen.

March 12, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An appealing breeze of the French New Wave blows through the film.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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....

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

"Dictionaries always use words
you don't understand."

arashxak
Arash Xak

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.

binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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

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 (3 years ago)
Ibrahim: They spin around their hearts because God is there.
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)
Ibrahim: Slowness is the key of happiness.
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)
Momo: Arab means open from 8 til midnight, even Sunday.
– Submitted by Maria Y (3 years ago)

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