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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.
Rating:
R (for some sexual content)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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$2,646,396.00
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Cast

Omar Sharif
as Monsieur Ibrahim
Lola Naymark
as Myriam
Anne Suarez
as Sylvie
Mata Gavin
as Fatou
Isabelle Adjani
as The star
Mata Gabin
as Fatou
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 Instructor
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 Bookseller
Tessa Volkine
as Myriam's Mother
Maryse Deol
as Administrative Worker No. 1
Gérard Bôle du Chaumont
as Administrative Worker No. 2
Francois Toumaarkine
as Administrative Worker No. 3
Sylvie Debrun
as Administrative Worker No. 4
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 (80) | Top Critics (28)

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

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
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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.

March 12, 2004
Globe and Mail
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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....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

½

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

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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