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The Syrian Bride (2004)

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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

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Eran Riklis
8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiam Abbass ... Amal (as Hiyam Abbass)
Makram Khoury ... Hammed (as Makram J. Khoury)
Clara Khoury ... Mona
Ashraf Barhom ... Marwan (as Ashraf Barhoum)
Ali Suliman ... Syrian Officer 2
Evelyn Kaplun ... Evelyna (as Evelyne Kaplun)
Julie-Anne Roth ... Jeanne
Adnan Tarabshi Adnan Tarabshi ... Amin (as Adnan Trabshi)
Marlene Bajali ... The Mother (as Marlene Bajjali)
Uri Gavriel ... Simon (as Uri Gabriel)
Alon Dahan ... Arik
Robert Henig Robert Henig ... Joseph (as Robert Hoenig)
Dirar Suleiman Dirar Suleiman ... Tallel
Ranin Boulos Ranin Boulos ... Mai
Hanna Abou-Manneh Hanna Abou-Manneh ... Rama
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In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona's father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama

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Filming was done in two different Druze villages, one pro-Syrian and one pro-Israeli, depending on the political tilt of the scenes. Also, since Israeli authorities would not give permission to film at the actual border, a mock-up was built some distance away. See more »

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The UN agent says on July 17th 2000 that it's a Thursday. That date was a Monday. See more »

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Featured in The Syrian Bride: Interview with Hiam Abbass (2005) See more »

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Israeli-Syrian Border, Twenty-First Century
27 June 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona (Clara Khoury) is engaged to get married with Tallel (Dirar Suleiman), a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona's father Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten (Eyad Sheety) married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan (Ashraf Barhoum) is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal (Hiyan Abbass) has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin (Adnan Trabshi) is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona's wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.

"The Syrian Bride" is an impressive movie, especially considering the nationality of the Israeli director Eran Riklis. I had no idea that in the twenty-first century could exist a place where people has "undefined nationality". The metaphoric situation of the Druze people, represented by the bride and her family, trapped in the non-sense bureaucracy, lack of interest from the governments in resolving the problem and having to face arrogant heartless authorities represented by the despicable chief of the Israeli police is amazing. The acting is top-notch, the plot is original and unique and I really loved this great movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Noiva Síria" ("The Syrian Bride")


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Release Date:

2 December 2004 (Israel) See more »

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Syrian Bride See more »

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Galilee, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,235, 20 November 2005

Gross USA:

$380,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,522,967
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2.35 : 1
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