Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)
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Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)
Two young women find that their differences bring them closer during a difficult time in this drama from writer and director Karin Albou. Nour (Olympe Borval) and Myriam (Lizzie Brocheré) grew up in the same neighborhood in Tunis, and as they've grown into adulthood they've stayed close friends, even though Nour is a Muslim and Myriam is Jewish. It's 1942, and Tunis is under occupation by Axis forces, which has made life difficult for both women; the German authorities have prevented Khaled (Najib Oudghiri), Nour's fiancé, from getting a job, forcing them to postpone their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's distinction .. lies in two lovely performances, and in the passion and pain of parallel lives -- both girls suffering at the hands of men, both struggling to understand the brutality of the world they must share."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Writer-director Karin Albou (who plays the mother of the Jewish bride) has a sensuous, intimate filmmaking style that overrides The Wedding Song's more precariously loaded plot parallels."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"César nominee writer/director Karin Albou summons a genie with this pair of love stories, set in the worst of times, that challenge loyalties to the limit."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Love in the time of Hitler!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Somewhat inventive, graced by strong performances amid a background in Tunisia, 'The Wedding Song' could be called 'East Side Story' given its resemblance to the Broadway musical inspired by 'Romeo and Juliet.'"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"With intimacy and sensuality, Albou explores what it means to be a woman and the bonds that women form with each other in an increasingly precarious situation."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This seductively fluid and tactile drama explores love and identity through the prism of the female body and the rights of its owner."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Many, many movies have been made about World War II; but Albou's film provides a fresh perspective. It also doesn't hurt that her two lead actresses are terrifically beautiful."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"A sensuous, astonishing, and memorable film about the different shades of love in sexuality, friendship, and marriage."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The bond between Brocheré and Borval is more physical than verbal; they often seem on the verge of a deep, soulful lip-lock, but since neither character is developed satisfactorily, it's hard to develop a rooting interest in...their friendship."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"An intelligently written and directed story of two 16-year-old girls -- one Jewish and one Muslim -- and their friendship in Tunis during the Nazi occupation in the 1940s."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An engrossing, tender and captivating drama with heartfelt, raw performances."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In The Wedding Song, director Karin Albou shrewdly links national politics with its domestic sexual counterpart."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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