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The Wedding Song (2010)

Lizzie Brochere , Simon Abkarian , Karin Albou  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lizzie Brochere, Simon Abkarian, Karin Albou, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri
  • Directors: Karin Albou
  • Format: 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZJL7B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,509 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.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing December 12, 2010
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There is so much going on in this movie. It's a story about two girls, one Jewish, the other Muslim in Tunisia during the German occupation in the Second World War. The movie convincingly weaves a complex emotional narrative about these two girls, their prospective husbands, traditional North-African attitudes to women, anti-semitism, the girls' friendship, collaboration with oppressors, German exploitation, racism, privileged disdain for the Muslim 'natives,' fascist propaganda, illiteracy among Muslim women, colonialism and much more.

You might think that a movie dealing with all of this would be trying to do too much, but each scene is so carefully drawn, a few words of dialog, a glance, a gesture, that we grasp right away what is going on, a young man desperate for work, a mother fearing poverty, a husband afraid of cowardice. At each point in the story we are given so much detail, so much honest insight into history, culture and religion. All these intricate pieces are fitted together perfectly.

When I see that Wedding Song has 10 reviews and Rambo has 327 reviews I'm baffled. So, if there are any of you out there who are tired of watching Rambo movies and want instead to see a really good film, watch Wedding Song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Foreign Film
I loved this movie and am still thinking about it, several days after watching it. I hadn't really been aware of the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Scott Schrecengost
5.0 out of 5 stars opened my eyes
Raw, graphic story if a friendship in the middle of hell, but very interesting...parental guidance suggested..some adult scenes which made my face red....
Published 1 month ago by Adriannas Nan
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
This is a lovely historical drama set in a period of war and ethnic tensions.
The script and acting was quite good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique: A View into a Different World.
This movie was really different. Beautifully filmed and true to the stereotypes depicted without harsh judgement. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JunePearl
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
This is a great story about two female friends during a very politically complex era. It was well worth the view.
Published 7 months ago by LimeyLe
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie
I didn't like the way it ended but the way it led up to the ending, was good. I'd watch it again and recommend it to others.
Published 11 months ago by Reynawoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its high reputation
The only reason I watched this movie is because of its high customer rating on Amazon. How glad I was to have seen this movie! The script and acting are top notch! Read more
Published 13 months ago by DD
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching movie
This film portrays the friendship between two young women that is threatened by, but ultimately survives the stress of the Nazi occupation of Tunisia during World War II. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steffi
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
This touching film tells one of the stories we don't often hear about-- the effect of Nazism on Jew-Muslim relations. Very worth watching.
Published 21 months ago by hummingbirdherder
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed and unflinchingly honest.
Lovely but increasingly painful movie revealing an unexamined corner of WWII and Muslim/Jewish relations as well as exploring relationships between women and between women and men... Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Michael Harbour
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