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The Wedding Song


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  • Actors: Lizzie Brochere, Simon Abkarian, Karin Albou, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri
  • Directors: Karin Albou
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZJL7B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wedding Song" on IMDb

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Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, 16, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each girl secretly desires the other's life, while Nour regrets that she doesn't go to school, Myriam dreams of love. Myriam is envious of Nour's engagement to her cousin, Khaled, who epitomizes the Arabian prince ideal they both desire. Unfortunately Khaled cannot find work, and the prospect of a union grows more distant. Political upheaval and turmoil conspire to keep Myriam from her dream as well, when her mother decides to marry her to a rich doctor.

Customer Reviews

You will "feel" you are in their world like no one else has ever portrayed it before.
topazgirl
Love and friendship and the division of religion and politics and the rise to power of evil leadership and the forces of family: It's a sad and lasting story.
JunePearl
The film is loosely structured and intimately photographed, rendering the emotions raw and disturbing.
Ronald Scheer

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"The Wedding Song" is a unique and credibly acted movie directed by Karin Albou. The setting is 1942 Tunis, and the Nazis are occupying the country. Just like the rest of Nazi-occupied territories, anti-Jewish propaganda is rampant. The native Tunisian Muslims, who have been oppressed under the French colonialists, are given leaflets that encourage their cooperation whilst persuading them that the Allies do not have their best interests at heart. There is great poverty everywhere, and the movie basically focuses on two girls - Nour (Olympe Boval) is a Muslim girl who comes from an impoverished family and Myriam (Lizzie Bochere) is a Jewish teenager who is being raised by her widowed seamstress mother. The girls have been best friends since their childhood, their houses share the same courtyard and they are both poor. However, there is one great difference - the French had carried out a policy of divide and conquer, allowing only the non-natives access to education and positions in government. As a Jew, Myriam has received an education, whereas Nour by virtue of her ethnicity and being a female, has been deprived of schooling. Myriam is free to walk wherever she pleases, unveiled but Nour, as a Muslim woman, needs to veil herself and can only go out if she is chaperoned (still practiced in many Middle Eastern countries).

Despite these differences, the two girls share a very close bond, one that is threatened by the Nazi invasion and subsequent policies. Slowly, the girls find their religious differences to be a barrier that threatens their friendship. Nour's fiance Khaled (Najib Oudghiri) is poor and unemployed, and Nour's father refuses to allow their marriage because of this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By topazgirl on December 12, 2010
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Other reviewers have expressed their love of this movie in far better terms than I can, but I just want to say that it is an amazing film. Perfect in every way. The first thing you will notice is the colors. You will "feel" the outside and the inside of these homes like never before. You will "feel" you are in their world like no one else has ever portrayed it before. I wish I knew what it was the director did to evoke such feelings in us. Was it as simple as lighting???? I just know this is going on my list as a favorite movie of all time. I want to immediately watch it again, but am worried I will "ruin a good thing" so will put a little time between watchings.

Another interesting though confusing aspect of this film is that the inhabitants of this town were both Muslim and Jew. Muslims who spoke Arabic AND French, and Jews who understood? Arabic and spoke French. Since I hadn't remembered the back of the DVD box telling me the setting was Tunis....(which I know little about anyway), I was so intrigued at the languages coming out of the nationalities of people. And why were French Jews living alongside French Muslims?

Surely easily answered with a little history lesson.

The actors were amazing. The French Jewish girl a gem and so stunning in beauty. The close relationship of the two girls that lessor minds would assume was almost lesbian, while higher minds will know is just how close young girls can be in hugging and kissing on the cheek. It takes you to a time when this was commonplace and not considered sexual. There is a lot of nudity in the film, and as I'm sure others have pointed out, even close ups of the vaginal mound. But if ever in the history of movie making was this NOT gratuitous nudity; this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Showalter on January 19, 2012
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This movie is hard to describe because even though I can point out several characteristics, friendship for one, it isn't about friendship. It also explores the divides that form from religious differences, but it isn't about that. There is also the stress war puts on people, but it isn't about that. I think what this film is about is shared humanity & the two young ladies who are the main characters are perfect examples. It's just amazing what these two actresses can pull off in so natural a manner. This is simply a wonderful film.
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Writer and director Karin Albou sets "The Wedding Song" (Le chant des marieés) in a poor community in 1942 Tunis, which has recently come under German occupation and Allied bombing. Where Tunisia's Jewish population enjoyed privileges not allowed their Muslim neighbors under French rule, now they are persecuted, and German propaganda sows hostility between the religious groups to its own advantage. Living in this crucible of geopolitical ambitions and ethno-religious strife are two young women who are the best of friends: Nour (Olympe Borval), who is Muslim, and Myriam (Lizzie Brocheré), who is Jewish. Nour has just become engaged to Khaled (Najib Oedghiri), and Myriam warmly congratulates her friend with a touch of envy and admiration.

But the War has reached Tunisia. Nour and Khaled cannot be married until he finds employment. Myriam is compelled to marry a wealthy doctor (Simon Abkarian) so that her family might avoid destitution in the face of heavy fines imposed on the Jewish community. The young women's sexual and matrimonial crises might seem like a soap opera were they not in a politically charged environment and imbued with interesting subtext. The North African theater is a neglected subject in American film and literature on World War II, as the US had limited engagement there. But the politics of religion and ethnicity in the Mahgreb, where Germany was able to exploit a century of shortsighted French policy, is a fascinating and painful one. It is brought home in Myriam and Nour's strained friendship.

"The Wedding Song" contains more nudity than one might expect from a story about traditional lifestyles in a Muslim country in the 1940s.
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