Miral

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The Weinstein Company Released 2011

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Director:
Julian Schnabel
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
From Julian Schnabel, Academy-Award-nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope, and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage, and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass of MUNICH, THE VISITOR) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2,000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen-year-old Miral (Freida Pinto of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother's tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (Omar Metwally of RENDITION). Soon she finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her and she is forced to decide between fighting like those before her or following Mama Hind's defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.moreless

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The lack of a compelling lead figure, combined with Schnabel's tentative approach to the material, casts the film's later stretches in the balmy glow of soap opera.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    To say that Mr. Schnabel's film is innocuous is not to say that it's any good. Like so many other well-intentioned movies about politically contentious issues, it is hobbled by its...

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Schnabel's signature blend of splintered storytelling and sobering humanism feels misapplied to this sweeping multigenerational saga.

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