Rana's Wedding
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Rana (Clara Khoury) is a young Palestinian woman, living in Jerusalem. Her father (Zuher Fahoum) is moving to Egypt, and he knows that Rana does not want to go with him. He thinks she's too young to get married, but he gives her a choice; she can go with him, or she can marry one of the men on a list he's compiled of acceptable bachelors. On the morning of her father's departure, Rana sneaks out of the house and goes to meet Khalil (Khalifa Natour), the man she loves, as they had arranged. But a bombing the night before has kept Khalil from coming to Jerusalem, so Rana has to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rana's Wedding serves as a strong reminder of the difficulties the people of Jerusalem face every day."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The movie is passable as a story but fascinating as a document."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What's interesting are the shots of daily life in East Jerusalem and how it's seen through the eyes of the Arab heroine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film bundles messy history into messy lives, and it breathes."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The Palestinian film community is no threat to Iran's but 'Rana's Wedding' is a promising, if artistically amateurish, try."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"This wedding film is no stale confection."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"As Rana, Khoury gives the film a sympathetic center, but also a maddening one."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"even if we have to view it through a 'security camera.' Something remarkable happens daily in Jerusalem"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Director Hany Abu-Assad makes delightful use of time, stretching out the action over the course of one day."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"It's the kind of traditional, happy-to-please filmmaking that has rendered the ritual of moviegoing a universal and largely secular and entertaining experience."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Gentle, tumultuous coming-of- age-in-a-day story."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Effectively conveys the fears and frustrations of Palestinians struggling in a country that treats them as the enemy."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"So clearly a product of our collective kingdom of frustration and rubble, that she can't help but give voice to a universal howl."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Vibrant filmmaking that manages to deliver pertinent news about life under occupation."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"Khoury may be a few years too old to play a minor still squirming under her father's thumb, but her performance as a timid young woman who finds strength while looking for a husband is quite affecting."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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