- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004RE4HRC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,436 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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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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A very moving and eye opening account well played by Frieda Pinto as Rula Jebreal. How cruel the Israelis are is horrific.Published 11 months ago by peter irvine
One of the most powerful films made in years. There are few films in your life that stay with you. This is one of them.Published 18 months ago by Shab32
Very good film, excellent in many ways, very good acting and the subject is of supreme importance.
However, the plot and the structure of the film could be tighter. Read more
Depicts the sad reality of being born Palestinian , it is time for common decency and treating fellow human being on par. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2014 by Adnan
this is such a tragic film it shows the realities of troubled times for the palastine people with iIsrael'sn so sad. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by Nicola dalton