The Syrian Bride
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A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late '60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona (Clara Khoury) to marry Tallel (Derar Sliman), who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one --… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This Israeli film gives us an honest look at situations we never see in the news. It may have too many flaws to be a good film, but for its content, it is a winner."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Unrelentingly pedantic, it's also utterly humorless."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"While the film's depiction of bureaucratic frustrations and familial woe are universal, the characters themselves can be difficult to warm up to and often seem as arid as their surroundings."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Though too schematic and too intent on resolving all its prickly family issues, The Syrian Bride nonetheless packs an emotional punch."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"An engrossing absurdist comedy."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It is written, directed and acted with real compassion and sympathy for the humanity of its characters, no matter who they are or on what side of these multiple issues they turn out to be."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Riklis performs a delicate balancing act, juggling a half-dozen plotlines, each of which is made vivid by his terrific cast."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's a lovely little film that puts a big, big bite on some very large issues."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"I like everything about The Syrian Bride except the title. And, in the grand scheme of things, that's no big deal."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"All politics is personal, but rarely has that credo been illustrated so winningly as with Eran Riklis' delicate comedy about the maddening intersection of families, cultures and borders."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"An extraordinary Israeli film that is unlike any other wedding film ever made!"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"As enjoyable a piece of cultural satire as any that's come out of this highly troubled region."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"There is comedy of an absurdist sort in the film by Israeli director Eran Riklis and Palestinian screenwriter Suha Arraf."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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