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The Wedding Song

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Two young women find that their differences bring them closer during a difficult time in this drama from writer-director Karin Albou. Nour (Olympe Borval) and Myriam (Lizzie Brochere) grew up in the same neighborhood in Tunis, and as they've grown into adulthood they've stayed close friends, even though Nour is a Muslim and Myriam is Jewish. It's 1942, and Tunis is under occupation by Axis forces, which has made life difficult for both women: the German authorities have prevented Khaled (Najib Oudghiri), Nour's fiancee, from getting a job, forcing them to postpone their wedding, while Myriam's family must pay exorbitant fines for being Jewish, which may lead her into a marriage of convenience to a wealthy physician (Simon Abkarian) many years her senior. While Myriam sees no way out of her desperate situation, Nour finds that the Nazi propaganda circulated throughout the community is piquing her worst suspicions about Jewish stereotypes. But as Nour and Myriam sink deeper into their personal crises, they begin to understand how badly they need one another's support. THE WEDDING SONG (aka LE CHANT DES MARIEES) was an official selection at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Simon Abkarian, Lizzie Brochere, Karin Albou, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri
  • Critic Reviews
    "THE WEDDING SONG, a seductively fluid and tactile drama from the writer and director Karin Albou, explores love and identity..."
    New York Times

    "Writer-director Karin Albou has a sensuous, intimate filmmaking style..." -- Grade: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[E]xquisite yet harrowing....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."
    Los Angeles Times

    "A small-scale feature made with modest resources, THE WEDDING SONG seeks, and finds, larger meaning as a multipurpose parable..."
    Wall Street Journal

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Albou even steps in front of the camera to give a strong performance as Myriam's struggling mother, Her scenes with Brochere are some of the best in the film."
    Box Office

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