The Wedding Song
Le chant des mariées
France, Tunisia, 2008, 100 minutes, SD
Seperated by war, religion and love. United by friendship.
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Seperated by war, religion and love. United by friendship.


César nominee writer/director Karin Albou's bold second feature lifts the lid on a chapter of WWII history that has rarely been shown. Reminiscent of women-led wartime films such as 'Aimée & Jaguar' and 'The Diary of Anne Frank', 'The Wedding Song' explores both Jewish and Arab cultures and female sexuality to winning effect.


Tunis, 1942: Against the Allied bombs and the goosesteps of the Nazi occupiers, two teenage girlfriends, one Muslim, the other Jewish, cling to the bond they’ve shared since childhood. However, the world shared by Jews and Arabs is being split by German promises of liberation - they’ll rid Tunis of the French and the Jews. As Myriam is no longer safe, her mother attempts to marry her off to a wealthy doctor to save them both. But Myriam doesn't want to get married, so she and Nour make efforts to scupper the wedding plans.




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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A poignant story of two childhood friends, one a Muslim the other a Jewish girl  and the conflicts that they have to deal with along the way.  The screenplay was... more
A poignant story of two childhood friends, one a Muslim the other a Jewish girl  and the conflicts that they have to deal with along the way.  The screenplay was commendably written and while the film tackles about Nazi occupation in Tunisia what's highlighted  more is the interactions between these lead characters, Myriam and Nour.  Viewers will also get a taste of the Jewish and Arab cultures and very noticeable would be the musical scoring which features Arab and Jewish music all throughout the movie.  Impressive performances by Brochere and Borval as well as Albou who's also the director of this compelling film. 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Very defined and compelling performances especially by the lead stars Lizzie Brochere as Myriam and Olympe Borval as Noor.  This is a very poignant film that tackles friendship amidst the... more
Very defined and compelling performances especially by the lead stars Lizzie Brochere as Myriam and Olympe Borval as Noor.  This is a very poignant film that tackles friendship amidst the backdrop of war.  But while viewers can see bombs being dropped and the noise of war planes there are very rare war scenes in this film as it focuses more on the relationships of the lead characters and of how they feel towards being married off by their parents (arranged marriage).  This is an outstanding piece of work by director Karin Albou who also starred in this movie as Tita, the mother of Myriam.  Do check this out!
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Reviewed by Tania123
What a sweet little gem, about that rare thing on screen: Jewish and Muslim friendship, this time during wartime. The cinematography is lush, and you get aa sense of being... more
What a sweet little gem, about that rare thing on screen: Jewish and Muslim friendship, this time during wartime. The cinematography is lush, and you get aa sense of being transported back to Tunisia, it's hamams and bustling markets. One for repeat viewings :)
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