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Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)

Cast: Omar Sharif, Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, more...
Director: François Dupeyron
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Coming of Age
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
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This title is currently out of print.

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. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Better than expected by WZoller October 17, 2004 - 2:43 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this movie and thought that Omar Sharif and Pierre Boulanger were wonderful in their roles. The difficulties that Momo goes through combined with the life tales told by Ibrahim add a lot to this coming of age film. It's a facet of Jewish/Muslim life and interaction that is seldom seen in today's world. The soundtrack of mostly American songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's was also wonderful.

What's the big deal? by MaryPickford May 25, 2004 - 6:02 PM PDT
3 out of 13 members found this review helpful
Please, somebody, tell me what's the big deal about this film? According to, it's supposed to be great, but I found it a very ordinary coming-of-age sentimental melodrama. The only thing unusual about it is that the protagonist is a kind, loving Muslim. I think its message regarding the "brotherhood of man" is a fantasy from the 19th century.

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(Average 7.45)
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