Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran

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    Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The film Show more... is based on a book of the popular book by the French author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

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    That rare film about the sort of emotionally needy people who don't wear their neediness on their sleeves.

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    Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling.

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    Contrary to expectation, it's neither a movie about religion nor the coming together of enemies. What it is, at heart, is a movie about love.

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    Sharif proves that at age 72 he can still command the screen.

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    Pierre Boulanger, who plays Moses, has an intelligent, awkward boyish charm, but most of the interest comes from Omar Sharif.

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    An appealing breeze of the French New Wave blows through the film.

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    This cinematic plea for tolerance makes for more than tolerable viewing, thanks to Omar Sharif's title turn as the shop owner with a yen for aphorisms.

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    A delicate, tender tale about how a good father can show up at unlikely times, bridging uneasy cultures -- and in doing so help a fragile bud of a boy bloom.

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    We've seen it dozens of times: Cute kid disarms perpetually grumpy old man. But the touching French drama Monsieur Ibrahim turns one of Hollywood's oft-worked formats inside-out: It's the old man who is cute and the kid who is the sourpuss.

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    A joyful ode to life.

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    [Sharif] imbues this seemingly simple man with the wisdom that age brings the lucky ones -- his Ibrahim is a subdued Zorba the Greek.

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    How often do you come across a soothing, unassuming film as gentle as this?

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    Its best scenes come as the characters are established and get to know one another.

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    Takes a provocative subject -- friendship and love between a Jew and a Muslim -- and makes it seem natural and wondrous.

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    An intimate little gem.

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    An easygoing coming-of-age movie.

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    The character interaction is pleasant, but there's only so much Sharif and Boulanger can do with the underwritten screenplay.

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    It is a treat to see Sharif back on the screen and Boulanger is a pleasure to watch.

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    Sharif sparkles as a Turkish grocery store owner and self-styled philosopher who brings sunshine into the life of a lonely boy.

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    A small, sweet film about an old man ignoring all barriers to simply teach a young boy how to be an adult. And we can appreciate it and cherish it for that alone.

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    Coming-of-age movies are usually pretty dismal, so it's refreshing to discover Monsieur Ibrahim, one that's worth recommending.

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    Omar Sharif certainly doesn't disappoint in Monsieur Ibrahim.

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    This modest, sentimental film looks nostalgically back on Paris in the mid-1960's and casts a loving, oblique glance at the French movies of that era.

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    Surely there is room in the movies for a small film with an unabashed, even old-fashioned but timeless humanist spirit - and a triumphant portrayal by a veteran star that is likely to be regarded as one of the year's best.

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    Excusez-moi, but I'd rather see Omar Sharif punching out croupiers in a casino than dispensing comfort and joy in this sugared-up tale.

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    You can't take your eyes off the aged beauty of 71-year-old Omar Sharif, who plays the title character in the delicate cross-cultural fable Monsieur Ibrahim with palpable delight.

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    Unusual in its ambition to pose deep spiritual questions, but its enticing surfaces ... are the best thing about it.

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    Both an appealing coming-of-age yarn and, as Monsieur Ibrahim embraces his own mortality, a heartfelt coming-of- aging saga.

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