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Monsieur Ibrahim [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Omar Sharif , Pierre Boulanger , François Dupeyron    DVD
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  • Actors: Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld, Lola Naymark
  • Directors: François Dupeyron
  • Writers: François Dupeyron, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
  • Producers: Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023GG6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,309 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moses and the working girls 29 Oct 2004
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM features a teenage boy growing up on a street lined with curbside hookers. Oh, to be young again!
Young Moses (Pierre Boulanger), aka "Momo", lives in a Parisian apartment in the 1960s with his emotionally distant father (Gilbert Melki). Though he does go to school, Momo's chief responsibility seems to be shopping, cooking, and keeping house for Ol' Dad while the latter is off at his 9 to 5. Moses doesn't remember his mother or an older brother, the former ostensibly dead and the latter off somewhere. Momo is left pretty much to himself, and, though he has a crush on the red-headed Myriam (Lola Naynmark), a girl his age who lives downstairs, the boy spends most of his time watching the prostitutes who solicit trade on the street outside his tenement. On his 16th birthday, Momo decides to do rather than watch, breaks open his piggy bank, and, using his life's savings plus some of his father's grocery money, is relieved of his virginity by Sylvie (Anne Suarez). Thirty-five francs well spent.
One day, Dad announces that he's lost his job, and subsequently abandons his son. The police eventually arrive to announce that they found the man's body on the railroad tracks, an apparent suicide. Momo continues to keep the apartment, but sells piecemeal all of a large family library to finance both his food needs and visits to the soiled doves. Nourishment he buys from a small grocery across the street run by an aging Muslim, Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), who is himself alone. Ibrahim adopts the boy, buys a flashy red sports convertible, and takes driving lessons. Then, the two set off on a cross-country journey by car to Ibrahim's far off homeland, the Golden Crescent (between Turkey and Persia).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Omar El Sherif is the film's redeeming feature 1 Sep 2006
By Diala
I strongly believe that with such a nice subject, at this critical historical time and with wonderful an actor as El-Sherif, the film merited a higher performance in terms of script, story line and details. It was a disappointment to me on these specific fronts; the film hinges on a classical type of stories and uses rather tired dialogues. It's just a 'nice' film to watch, but nothing impressive except for the always-impeccable Omar El-Sherif.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars starmaking performance 10 Oct 2004
By Roland E. Zwick - Published on
"Monsieur Ibrahim" is a fine coming-of-age tale set in 1960's Paris. Young Pierre Boulanger gives a remarkably assured performance as Moses, a Jewish teen living with his cold, skinflint of a dad in a less-than-savory part of town. Abandoned by his mother and living in the shadow of a brother who has himself fled the scene, Moses leads an embittered existence, seeking surcease in the beds of the local prostitutes who ply their trade on the street where he lives. Moses is finally befriended by an aged shopkeeper named Ibrahim Demirdji, a Safi Muslim who, after Moses' father commits suicide, adopts the boy and instills in him valuable life lessons, gleaned from his religious training and his long years of experience.

In terms of its storyline, "Monsieur Ibrahim" offers little that is new here (the idea of an older mentor figure raising an orphan child of a different religion goes at least as far back as "The Two of Us" in 1968 and probably much further) . Where it excels is in its tenderhearted view of daily life and in its subtle plea for understanding between Arab and Jew. Moses is an almost heartbreakingly ordinary kid, a fact which makes his story all the more compelling (he has much of the rough-and-tumble poignancy of the boy in "The 400 Blows"). We can identify with every emotion he is going through on his painful journey to adulthood: his fears, his insecurities, his need for acceptance, his appreciation of simple kindnesses. Moses lives in a world where life can sometimes be cruel, but where fellow human beings reach out to help one another in their moments of greatest need.

This is a beautiful, heartfelt film that doesn't stand on its head to try and impress us. It seeps into our hearts one scene at a time, until, by the end, we realize what a profound emotional impact it has had on us. Veteran actor Omar Sharif is wonderful as the solid and wise Monsieur Ibrahim, but it is Boulanger who is the real revelation here. This amazing young actor is the true heart and soul of the film, an absolute natural. He is very rarely off screen, and he rivets our attention on his character in a way that most highly paid movie actors can merely dream about doing. I hope he makes many more films in the future.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Wisdom 8 July 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM AND THE FLOWERS OF THE KORAN is an exquisite little film. The story is rather simple on the surface: a 16 year old Jewish boy (Moses Schmitt in an extraordinary portrayal by Pierre Boulanger) is coming of age on Blue Street in Paris (a street that features prostitutes plying their wares) in the late 1950s - early 1960s. His mother deserted both his distant and damaged father (Gilbert Melki) and Moses very early in life and Moses must find his way into adulthood on his own - until he gets to know the 'Arab' (actually an elder Muslim) at the corner grocery (Monsieur Ibrahim brilliantly brought to glowing life by Omar Sharif). To survive, Moses 'shoplifts' food until M. Ibrahim tells him to take what he wants, knowing that his father deprives him of nearly everything. The old man is as gentle and calm and serene ("I know what is in my Koran") as Moses is angry and eager to taste life. Moses uses saved pennies to buy his first sexual encounter with one of the prostitutes and is gradually befriended by many of the 'heart of gold' streetwalkers. Slowly Moses and M. Ibrahim are bond and when Moses' father deserts him and commits suicide, M. Ibrahim adopts him, buys a sporty little car and the two are off on a road trip to Turkey (Ibrahim's Persian home). As the two bond the boy learns much from the spiritually aware old man and we, as the observers, learn much about the differences and similarities of Judaism, Islam, pantheism, and all manifestations of spirtuality. The ending is somewhat predictable but that doesn't diminish the impact of the film. This burnished atmosphere of trust and love is magic in the hands of Director Francois Dupeyron and the performances by Sharif and Boulanger are beautifully nuanced and understated. Even the prostitutes are individuals, not archetypes, and are allowed to deliver tender portrayals of the Oldest Profession. The only problems with this movie are in the apparently important threads, such as the father's constant mention of 'Paulie' (Moses' brother) who by the end of the story never existed, and in the development of the road trip which veers a bit too far off course to maintain the otherwise perfect momentum. But small tarnishes, these, and not important enough to prevent this movie as being placed among the more important films of the past year or so. Highly Recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tale of a lost boy and a old man who mentors him! 6 Nov 2005
By Hulka - Published on
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This is a sweet story about a topic that is often ignored, how boys need stable men in their lives to become men themselves. It is also a positive portrayal of the religion of Islam. The sweet tale has such a positive message and sympathetic characters, that I ended up watching it several times. It's too bad it has an "R" rating, as that will prevent it's being seen by a wider audience.

Omar Sharif is the mentor, a lonely old man who befriends a neighborhood boy without a father figure, and saves him from the street life which is the boy would otherwise be destined. The young actor, Pierre Boulanger is an extremely attractive young man in the dazzling bloom of youth, whose contrast to Sharif as the grizzled, lonely old man provides a wonderful chemistry at the heart of his tale.

The fact that the young man is Jewish underlines the message about the nature of Islam as a positive forgiving religion.

This is a low budget film, but it's crafted so well, with such heart and taste, that it proves that big money is not necessary to make big movies. The only disappointment I have is the ending is little bit of a letdown, but otherwise this is a wonderful little film, and highly recommended, even for a young adult. (NOTE: the R rating is because of the portray of prostitution, the 'street life' that threatens the young man before the old man enters his life.)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 1 May 2006
By Caesar M. Warrington - Published on
A wonderful and warm hearted story about a neglected boy coming of age in 1960's Paris.

Pierre Boulanger plays Moises, a teenaged Jewish boy who was abandoned by his mother and is ignored by his father, who also soon runs out on him. Living on a dreary street, surrounded by prostitutes and spending too much time on his own, Moises is befriended by Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a Turkish grocer who becomes the much needed father-figure for the boy. With his Sufi background Ibrahim teaches Moises (who he renames Momo) the necessity and divinity of love and the awesome beauty of this world.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 9 Feb 2006
By Lisa D - Published on
The bonds that form between people are often unexplainable and seemingly unlikely. As unlikely as the bond that emerges between Moises and Ibrahim may seem, the audience later realizes that their relationship is a truly unconditional one. The profound impact the two have in the lives of the other is to some degree representative of what each person yearns for in a relationship. Together, they share an unconditional love, trust and understanding.

Although their friendship may seem ideal, it certainly is not, as no friendship is. This is observed at the very conception of their relationship. Moises meets Ibrahim when Moises goes into Ibrahim's grocery store to steal food to feed himself and his father. It is from this "imperfection" in Moises's character that the relationship develops. Ibrahim is encumbered in his ongoing grief for his dead wife. Although this is not directly stated in the movie, one can easily infer this to be true through observation of Ibrahim's emotional attachment to both his God and the Koran. Ibrahim's acceptance of the effects loneliness can have on life is somewhat a flaw possessed by Ibrahim. It is precisely the flaws in both Ibrahim's and Moises' nature that allows their chemistry and love to be so powerful. To love perfection is rather simple. I believe their ability to love each others' obvious imperfections allowed their love and chemistry to be genuine and special.

This act of stealing represents the start of their relationship. As Moises enters the store each day, Ibrahim gives him food. Although Ibrahim seems to be giving Moises only the food of "pate" (cat food) for his father, in many ways, Ibrahim is feeding him something far superior. Moises's soul is fed by Ibrahim's undying support, trust, and understanding. This is observed as Moises grows with Ibrahim. Given food to strengthen his once weakened soul, Moises is finally able to transform into a strong- willed young man, no longer suppressed and stifled under the wrath of hate bestowed by his father's abandonment and unjust expectations. Under the guidance of Ibrahim, Moises dichotomizes from a young man of little value and strength to one that is strong and capable in all areas of love and emotion. Ibrahim teaches Moises how to be generous and strong, and Moises teaches Ibrahim how to live and love again upon the death of his wife.

Prior to their relationship, both Moises and Ibrahim seemed to live in accordance with what life seemed to have in store for them. Moises was to support his ailing father and remain in his town and Ibrahim was to remain in his store. Together, the two find that their lives can be much more. Before Ibrahim's death, the two travel throughout Europe where they indulge in the rich culture and people. Moises gains a new perspective on life; he learns how to be happy. Ibrahim is able to revisit his past and teach Moises. In the other, they found the ability to have fun, share experiences, and exchange lessons. The ability to do so allows both Ibrahim and Moises to be happy.

Ibrahim and Moises share a bond so deep and unique that it becomes immortal. At the conclusion of this film, Moises is shown as an adult. A young boy, like his former self, comes into Moises's grocery store and attempts to steal food. Moises gives the young boy the food and tells him that he does not have to steal. Although Ibrahim is now dead, the bond he created with Moises is everlasting. This is symbolic of the old adage that love shared does indeed multiply.
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