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  • Summary: Directed with equal parts humor and humanity by Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis, The Syrian Bride is set on the sun-baked border between Israel and Syria, a no man’s land that the eponymous bride must cross in order to meet her anxious groom. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    There is, however, considerable humor to what might have been an exceedingly grim film, and most of it comes courtesy of Mona's slippery brother, Marwan (Ashraf Barhoum).
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The Syrian Bride would be an out-and-out comedy were it set anywhere but in the Middle East.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    By crafting its message in mostly understated strokes, The Syrian Bride touches your heart, which you might not even fully realize until its deft, wordless final moments sweep by you.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The Syrian Bride could be one of those big, teeming matrimony comedies like "Monsoon Wedding" or "Father of the Bride" but for the barbed wire running right down the middle of the aisle.
  5. The Syrian Bride manages to entertain even as it both moves and amuses.
  6. On one hand, the movie is guilty of schematic arrangement...But at the same time, Israeli producer-director-writer Eran Riklis and Palestinian co-writer Suha Arraf use the device to reveal touching human complexity.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    A strangely inert affair. The stories devolve into one-dimensional squabbling and too many loose threads flap around the edges.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BenK.
    Jan 30, 2006
    A flim that exists at the intersection of family dynamics and governmental meddling. Mona, the title character, is an Israeli citizen from the Golan Heights who is due to marry a Syrian television star, whom she has never met, in Damascus. Because Syria and Israel do not have diplomatic relations once she marries she will not be allowed back into Israel. So on top of the apprehension of marrying a person you've never met is the reality of ones life being altered, both as a married person and as an exile. (In reality they may be the same thing.) The film is much more vibrant than my dour description of it. It's an entertaining and illumnitating film from a region that is producing some excellent movies. Expand
  2. HannC.
    Jan 23, 2006
    knowing the Jewish director, cameraman plus Palestinian screenplay, and majorly Arab casts, you will know it's not that hard to work and live together... although the plots are evolved with tiny fragments of lives we took it for granted, andyet, the message has been heard----no matter which side are you in, those people's life and lives and a part of it !!!! Thanks to Hiam Abbass's perfect portrait of a tough and mediating central role, though it not her peak yet, consider two other nearly perfect performance in "Sating Rouge"(by Raja Amari, 2002) and "Nadia et Sarra"(by Moufida Tlatli,2004 ) on her belt, you will know the drill. Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2010
    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 forward to the end. Solid performances by the whole cast did not save the film from mediocracy. Expand