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Screen legend Omar Sharif (Hidalgo, and such classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago) is Monsieur Ibrahim, an elderly widower who owns a grocery store in a shabby, working-class section of Paris. His life takes on new meaning when he befriends Momo, a lonely teenage boy (Pierre Boulanger). In Ibrahim, Momo finds the father he never had, a patient man infused with kindness and a wisdomthat he freely shares. And Momo awakens within Ibrahim a taste for grand adventure, which takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever.
Some crowded Parisian atmosphere and the burnished presence of Omar Sharif make this coming-of-age tale a pleasure. It's the early 1960s, and an adolescent Jewish boy (Pierre Boulanger), mostly left to his own devices by an ineffectual father, makes friends with the worldly wise Persian man (Sharif) who runs a small neighborhood grocery. The kid's fumbling experiences with sexual curiosity are the reliable stuff of many a French movie, but the unlikely friendship of young Jew and old Muslim make for an offbeat through-line. Francois Dupeyron's film shifts gears in its final section, moving from its flavorful location and into the wide-open spaces, and it goes on too long with too many pieces of advice. But overall this is a warm and winning experience, with Omar Sharif holding an instructive class in the power of understated movie-star charisma. --Robert Horton
The film is exactly the same as the book, something that usually never happens. It is so different from a Hollywood movie! Read morePublished 17 days ago by irma dickinson
I love the Movie and we can learn to leave with each other in harmoney no matter color or releign.Published 18 days ago by Loris Avedisian
Subtle and thought provoking. Wonderful portrayals with a story that works. Visually exotic and captivating. One of my favorites. Maybe Sharif's best film.Published 6 months ago by J. Pour
Whoa, make sure you speak French and/or your copy has SUBTITLES. I have it in DVD and it's a wonderful film.
Takes place in the early 60s. Read more
Omar Sharif is an excellent actor and does everything with artistry and mathematical precision (no wonder: he has a degree in mathematics)!Published 15 months ago by Leonid G. Fleischman
I have watched this film three times. It is very well done, Omar Sharif is marvelous, and the story is very touching. So why have I given this film only one star? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mevashir
I received and despite it was pre-owned it was in absolutely perfect conditions. It took a time to received because I'm outside the U.S. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Oscar Navarro