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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RE4HRC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by Rula Jebreal and based on her novel, Miral tells the true story of Hind Husseini, and specifically her efforts to set up an orphanage back in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. At least that’s where the film starts. Husseini set up the Dar Al-Tifel Institute, and that’s where young Miral finds herself in 1978. The film also then moves to 1988, where she’s teaching at a refugee camp, and facing a tough dilemma of her own.

If you’ve not guessed already, Miral is a challenging, compelling film, one that treads carefully in telling a significant and important story. Director Julian Schnabel isn’t always utterly confident in how he chooses to tell it, but the strength of the material itself means that the end result is still very strong.

Schnabel does, on the whole, a very good job here, after all. Although he owes a debt to the terrific Freida Pinto, best known to date for Slumdog Millionaire. Her performance is compelling, and helps drive the film forward.

Miral is far from perfect, and inevitably it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But it’s a well-made take on a story that deserves to be more widely known. It’s a movie worth seeking out. --Jon Foster

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 15 May 2011
Format: DVD
Miral is a compelling and deeply touching movie. I was really engaged to the movie, as the poigant story-telling and inspiring characters stand out really well. It unfolds the actual events following the partition between Israeli and Palestine. It tells an important story of how two inspiring women fought for their country through different beliefs following the partition. I really developed strong admiration for the courage of the characters. The story is beautifully depicted and will really touch you. The movie provides an insight into how the conflict escalated between the two countries and continues to attract headlines. The spirit of humanity is deeply questioned throughout the movie. Can peace and harmony ever exist in humanity? Why do we fright? Frieda Pinto's performance as Miral is moving and drives the movie forward. The support cast is flawless. The screenplay, cinemagraphy and direction are delivered really well in attempt to engage you and evoke strong feelings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a film from Julian Schnabel based on the life of Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass). She rescued some fifty five orphaned Palestinian children in 1947. This was the ending of the British mandate and the birth of Israel; and as history has shown no nation is born without pain. The pain that this film wants to expose is that of the displaced Palestinians.

This handful of children soon becomes thousands and Hind opens a school for them, which is still educating such children today. The theme that runs through the film is that of education versus resistance, especially armed resistance. The paradox that is left unanswered is that the more education you have, the more aware you are of the alternatives and the increased sense of injustice has to, in certain cases, lead to armed revolt.

The film uses the lives of four women to tell the story of the history of Israel from birth to the present day and the internal turmoil's of those fighting for Palestinian autonomy, including the PLO. That said this is not a bloody war based film, it is the study of people who make sacrifices for the betterment and care of others. There is frequent use of actual footage and it tends to show Israeli aggression, but I did not feel this was an anti Israeli film moreover it seemed to be saying that a peaceful coexistence could still be a reality in lieu of the enactment of the 1993 Oslo Accord which guaranteed two separate states - one Israel and one Palestine. This was a co production of France, Israel and Italy, but it is in English. With some Hebrew and some Arabic, it does tend to jump around a bit, and this may have been to attract a wider International audience, even Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave make short appearances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry Perkins on 9 Nov. 2012
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Make it this one, the suffering of the Palestinian people is rarely heard on mainstream news channels. This film will reveal their plight to you and inspire you to help them get justice, buy now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Irini Kosmo on 31 Aug. 2011
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I understand the feeling that this is a worthy film and one to watch re. Palestinian experiences BUT I don't think the film is worthy of the subject matter, OR that worthwhile as a film. Schnabel's films tend to be beautifully filmed and this is no exception. They also have brilliant soundtracks, as this film does. However, the film really lost its way. At the beginning we learn about how Hind Husseini rescued Palestinian orphans, which leads to her eventually opening up a school. THIS is where the story is. While the story focuses on Hind and Miral's auntie and mother there is fire and power in the film. Then Frieda Pinto turns up, as the adolescent Miral, and I think the passion really drains from the increasingly episodic narrative.

What really grates is that there are fine Arabic and Hebrew speaking actors in this film, especially Hiam Abbass,who are directed to randomly start speaking English, having begun a conversation speaking Arabic or Hebrew! Why not trust an audience, who choose to watch this film, to read subtitles throughout?

There is A LOT of exposition in this film to inform and educate us, at the expense of authentic exchange between characters. Would Miral really be so ignorant of what goes on in her country that she has to be told about the effects of Jewish settlers on Palestinian life and land? Bizarre.There are random, pointless scenes, like Miral meeting a journalist. This film is overlong; the screenplay really needed some pruning. It really felt as if it was talking down to its audience.

My hope is that someone will come along, if they haven't already (and please let me know if Arab filmmakers have been there already), to make a film honouring Hind Husseini's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. M. M. Khan on 4 Oct. 2012
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I agree with Miral and not her teacher, the only way to get freedom and justice is to do what chuck D and public enemy advocate "FIGHT THE POWER"!!!!!
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