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.