The Infidel (Tribeca Festival Premiere) 2010 CC

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Official selection of 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. An identity crisis comedy centered on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.

Starring:
Omid Djalili, Matt Lucas
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

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The Infidel (Tribeca Festival Premiere)

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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Drama
Director Josh Appignanesi
Starring Omid Djalili, Matt Lucas
Supporting actors Omid Djalili, James Floyd, Archie Panjabi, Leah Fatania, Stuart Antony, Scott Walters, Mina Anwar, Amit Shah, Soraya Radford, Ravin J. Ganatra, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Richard Schiff, Miranda Hart, Chris Wilson, Niraj Naik, Madison Cole, Bhasker Patel
Studio Tribeca Film
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Broad humor but well done in this small independent film.
harvo
If you understand the muslim and jewish way of life you will enjoy this!
Pelm
In fact I can't imagine watching it again so will probably just toss it.
D. Vaughan

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Movie Marilyn on October 9, 2010
Format: DVD
Great movie. It jokes around with both Jews and Muslims, but never in a mean-spirited way. Good to see a movie representing moderate Muslims in some way on film - Americans need to see more of this. The British sense of humor is very sharp as well.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BigMovieGuy on May 26, 2010
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I saw this movie at the Tribeca FF 2010 and it's great. It's so funny. It takes on a really dangerous subject and makes it hilarious, and, in the later sections, moving. It's a comedy that has something to say. Plus you don't have to be Muslim or Jewish - I'm neither - to get the great gags!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
Format: DVD
Mahmud's mother passes away, and while cleaning her house, he finds out he was adopted. And it gets better; he was born Solly Shimshillewitz. Oy vey.

A Londoner of Pakistani descent has a enough trouble; his dad past away a while ago and his mom just died, his son is marrying the step-daughter of radical imam, but his wife loves him despite his numerous flaws. Then he finds out he was born Jewish, and it is off to the rodeo as he tries to come to terms with his heritage and upbringing.

The more you know about both Jewish and Islamic culture, the funnier this movie will be. Mahmud nee Solly learning how to shrug properly, and his dream/nightmare sequence are worth the price of admission. It's only a movie, and a comedy at that, but it does hint at interesting dynamics in London Pakistani homelife, and the complexities of both cultures.

I enjoyed it a lot, but a lot of the comedy will pass by folks not familiar with the cultures involved.

E.M. Van Court
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2010
Format: DVD
I'm glad this popped up as an instant play title on a movie rental site I subscribe to. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with a title like "Infidel", with a man dressed in Muslim attire eating a bagel! Well I was pleasantly surprised and entertained - this is a movie that pokes fun at two different cultures but does so in an irreverent and funny manner.

Mahmud (comedian Omid Djalili) is a moderate Muslim who may not be fully observant but considers himself a true believer and takes pride in his family (wife, son, and young daughter). His mother's death brings a secret to light - Mahmud was adopted, and his birth name was Solly Shimshillewitz! This revelation predictably upsets Mahmud and causes him great confusion. What is he to do? Can he reveal his secret to his wife, children and close friends? Given the strife between the Palestinians and Israelis and the general climate of distrust between Muslims and Jews, how is Mahmud to reconcile his Jewish heritage and his Muslim identity?

Fortunately, Mahmud finds help in Lenny (Richard Schiff). Initially, both men are almost enemies, constantly bickering and fighting, but when Mahmud discovers his Jewish background, he turns to Lenny out of desperation. This results in some truly funny moments - Lenny teaching Mahmud how to shrug, how to say "oy vey", and prepares Mahmud for a 'rite of passage', accompanying Lenny to a bar mitzvah! This may all be funny, but there is also a sense of poignancy. Mahmud's efforts at getting in touch with his inner Jew has to do with his attempts to meet his dying Jewish dad who is in a nursing home.

Amidst all this, Mahmud also faces the problem of how to handle his son's impending marriage to the step-daughter of a radical Muslim cleric.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Vaughan on April 4, 2011
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I bought this with high hopes after reading the amazon reviews, but unfortunately the reviews don't include a few details that some may find important. First of all, the movie sounds like a lot of fun, but if you are not into the F-word you may have a hard time with it. The dialogue is filled with the F-word, to the point that you begin to wonder if any other single word is used as often. I realize that some people may talk like this (apparently the director does), but it did not seem to really fit the personalities (or the circumstances) of the characters, seeming forced and oddly disconcerting. For me (and the friends I watched it with), it took away from the message of the movie, which I really liked and had high hopes for. I would have liked to share this with family members, again because I think the premise is great, but will not be doing that. In fact I can't imagine watching it again so will probably just toss it. Without the language I'd have given the film 5 stars. Anyway, if you don't mind the overly coarse language you may enjoy this, but you should at least know what you are in for.
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I appreciate any effort to highlight racial and religious hostilities in a comedic light. It's a difficult high wire act to address sensitive, and potentially offensive, topics through humor and so the fact that "The Infidel" does so overtly and aggressively was a pleasant surprise. Absolutely terrific in conception, I was wholeheartedly with "The Infidel" at the beginning. Played for over-the-top laughs by mining (almost cartoonishly at times) ethnic stereotypes, the film starts fast, funny, and unapologetically wrong (in a good way). It is, however, a frenzied and challenging pace to match and soon the picture began to wane as the comedy becomes a little forced and the sweetly accepting message starts to materialize. It's tolerance as preached by The Three Stooges--with its slapstick antics and requisite learning moments.

The basis for the film is absolutely inspired! A riff on social politics and an identity crisis comedy, we meet Omid Djalili as a Muslim family man. A modern Muslim, to be sure, but not progressive enough that he can help getting into a feud with a Jewish man (Richard Schiff) at the drop of the hat. As his son wishes to marry the daughter of an extremist leader, Djalili and family must prove their devoutness. But this couldn't happen at a worse time because Djalili discovers that he is adopted and Jewish! So funny, and played for big broad laughs, these are some of the finest moments in the film. Naturally, much cliche'd hilarity ensues as he tries how to learn how to be Jewish from Schiff in comedic montages. From here, the film ventures into love and understanding mode before wrapping things up with a rather tidy bow. Not a particularly revelatory journey, when all is said in done, but amusing throughout.
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