The Syrian Bride

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Released 2004

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The Syrian Bride

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Director:
Eran Riklis
Released:
2004
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The Syrian Bride is a 2004 Israeli film directed by Eran Riklis and written by Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis. This critically acclaimed film takes place in the year 2000 against the backdrop of the Syrian-Israeli conflict. A demilitarized zone has been established between occupied Golan and the rest of Syria, and crossing the zone is rarely granted by both sides. Mona (Clara Khoury) is a Druze woman who lives in Golan Heights, promised in marriage to a Syrian actor whom she has never met. Mona has waited months for passage into Syria, but as her wedding date approaches and her family gathers for the event, Mona begins to question the wisdom of tradition. Her elder sister is a spirited woman who wears pants, yet is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her brother has severed ties with his Druze heritage to marry a Russian. Mona knows that once she crosses into Syria, she will never be allowed to return, and will not see her family again.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    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.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The film uses the situation to evoke a sense of the absurd, sometimes with dry, deadpan humor.

  • 60

    Variety

    Ambitious screenplay by helmer Eran Riklis (best known outside Israel for "Cup Final") and former journalist Suha Arraf puts plenty of human flesh on its characters, who span the r...

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