Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim)
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Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim)
A boy from a broken home finds a friend in an insular, spiritual shopkeeper in this period drama from writer/director François Dupeyron. Set in 1960s Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran revolves around Momo (Pierre Boulanger), a young man who lives alone with his father in the bustling Rue Bleu district. Still smarting over the separation from his wife and other son, Momo's dad neglects his son in ways both minor and major, to the point where the teen spends most of his time out of school alone and isolated. He finds an unlikely ally in Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a Muslim… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That rare film about the sort of emotionally needy people who don't wear their neediness on their sleeves."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Sharif proves that at age 72 he can still command the screen."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Unbearably life affirming and quasi-spiritual... [Sharif] dispenses bromides like a watery-eyed, Middle-Eastern Forrest Gump."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Hardly challenging."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Pierre] Boulanger joins Keisha Castle-Hughes of Whale Rider as one of this year's strongest juvenile performers."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pierre Boulanger, who plays Moses, has an intelligent, awkward boyish charm, but most of the interest comes from Omar Sharif."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Director Francois Depeyron evokes the look and feel of nostalgia extremely well, recalling films like 'Cinema Paradiso' for their wistfulness and charm."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A slight-but-charming French heart-warmer that gives Omar Sharif his best role since... well, since Lawrence of Arabia."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Charming but sentimental..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An appealing breeze of the French New Wave blows through the film."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Even when the material is rather thin and obvious -- and it sometimes is -- Sharif and Boulanger's performances make Monsieir Ibrahim agreeable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Sharif still has that twinkle in his eye and a commanding screen presence."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The [movie's] two halves are larded with European coming-of-age cliches... and never meld into a satisfying whole."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune