Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)
Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song) (2008)

Set during the Nazi occupation of Tunisia in 1942, this sweeping war drama follows two teenage girls, one Jewish and one Muslim, as they struggle with their wedding plans, as well as poverty, political upheaval and religious differences.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 24, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

This seductively fluid and tactile drama explores love and identity through the prism of the female body and the rights of its owner.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Marcy Dermansky

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.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Time Out

While a lesser filmmaker might be content to remain within the confines of corrosive zealotry, Albou proves her mettle by using religion as a conduit for exploring women's issues.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An engrossing, tender and captivating drama with heartfelt, raw performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
There's a lot going on in this film. Perhaps, too much in this story of the Nazi occupation of Tunis in 1942. The friendship of a Jewish and Muslim girl is… More
Mark Abell
The German occupation of Tunisia forms the backdrop for this gritty look at Arab-Jewish relations on a microscopic scale. Two families that live in the same… More