Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day (2003)

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Critic Consensus: A poignant drama that offers a look at what it is like to live in occupied Palestine.

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A tale of forbidden love in the face of prearranged marriage, Hany Abu-Assad's drama tells the tale of a young Palestinian girl who shuns tradition in search of true love. Waking up one morning to an ultimatum set by her father, 17-year-old Rana must choose a husband from a list her father has provided or leave Palestine for Egypt that same day. Sneaking out of her home with only hours to go before her deadline, Rana combs the streets of occupied Jerusalem for her boyfriend.

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Critic Reviews for Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

Rana's Wedding serves as a strong reminder of the difficulties the people of Jerusalem face every day.

Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This wedding film is no stale confection.

Mar 12, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Gentle, tumultuous coming-of- age-in-a-day story.

Feb 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The movie is passable as a story but fascinating as a document.

Jan 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As Rana, Khoury gives the film a sympathetic center, but also a maddening one.

Jan 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Effectively conveys the fears and frustrations of Palestinians struggling in a country that treats them as the enemy.

Dec 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day

[font=Century Gothic]"Rana's Wedding" takes place in Jerusalem where Rana(Clara Khoury) has ten hours to make the biggest decision of her life, an ultimatum given to her by her widowed father - either follow him to Egypt to continue her studies or marry one of the possible suitors on a list he gave her, all men of honorable professions. Rana has a different idea - to marry her boyfriend, Khalil(Khalifa Natour), a theatre director who has not measured up to her father's rigorous standards. But, first, Rana has to find him...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Rana's Wedding" is an exquisitely filmed and illuminating movie about the West Bank which uses the plot as a way of examining the land under siege and the difficulties of living there even on the best of days. This, however, is a day of trials for Rana and Khalil, and her frustration and anger are those of a whole people. That having been said, the lives of the characters at the center of this excellent movie do matter.[/font]

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