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Running Time:
95 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some sexual content

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
The world may seem just a little brighter after you fall under the magical spell of Monsieur Ibrahim. It's a marvelous little film.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Omar Sharif audio commentary .

Monsieur Ibrahim
During the early 1960's, Paris, like the much of Europe, was enjoying an explosion of life. As the old gave way to the new, everything was in flux and the city was filled with a energy that promised cultural shifts and social change. Momo (Pierre Boulanger), is a nice 16-year-old Jewish boy who occasionally shoplifts at the local grocery store in a down-and-out Paris neighborhood where he lives. He had long ago been abandoned by his mother and virtually orphaned by his chronically depressed father (Gilbert Melki) who turns off Momo's radio whenever he comes home to the broken-down apartment where they exist. The story opens when Momo is attracted by the pretty redhead Myriam (Lola Naynmark) who's about his age and also lives in his predominantly Jewish neighborhood. Momo's looked after by the band of prostitutes who wander the block outside his apartment, and he finally loses his virginity to one of them. The proprietor of the neighborhood grocery where Momo goes for food, is a Muslim (Omar Sharif "Lawrence of Arabia"), a wise old man who lets Momo know that he's aware that the boy is pocketing cans of food on the sly. He advises him on how to deal with his father on their strict budget - "get him cat food and tell him it's pate and mix the cheap wine with the Beaujolais." He talks about the importance of the Koran and of the sunny Turkish village where he grew up. He consoles Momo over the loss of the girl he's in love with, by telling him that the love he has for her is his, it can never be taken away. And if she turns it down, it is only her loss. The issue of Momo being Jewish and Ibrahim a Sufi is barely touched upon. Ibrahim ultimately takes the boy on an journey from Paris through Switzerland, Albania, Greece and ultimately they end up in Turkey, where there is no choice but to succumb to the sheer pleasure of being alive, in a world that was made to be enjoyed. "Monsieur Ibrahim" written and directed by by Francois Dupeyron is a delightful story based on a play by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. There's a terrific '60's soundtrack including "Rock Around the Clock," "Sunny," "La Bamba" and other songs of both English rock and its French counterpart known as le yeye.

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