The Syrian Bride
The Syrian Bride (2005)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A humane and empathic work, The Syrian Bride depicts the personal impact of politics upon individuals.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Political dramas and soap operas don't have much in common, which makes this hybrid as surprising as it is entertaining.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Unrelentingly pedantic, it's also utterly humorless.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

An engrossing absurdist comedy.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Riklis performs a delicate balancing act, juggling a half-dozen plotlines, each of which is made vivid by his terrific cast.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

A thoughtful and engaging film set in the turbulent Golan Heights.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An extraordinary Israeli film that is unlike any other wedding film ever made!

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Syrian Bride", it is Mona's wedding day. What complicates this is that she is a member of the Druze people living… More
John Ballantine
Heartbreaking but well told story of a wedding across political lines. I don't think anyone will forget the very poignant depcition of a bride stranded at… More
Nicolas Korovessis
Not much of a political statement and not much of a drama either. I did not connect to the main characters and after a while all I wanted to do was fast… More