Monsieur Ibrahim

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Monsieur Ibrahim is a French film set in Paris, France, during the 1960s. It is the story of a young Jewish boy who meets and befriends an old Muslim man. Thirteen-year-old Momo lives with his father in a rough neighborhood in Paris. Momo’s father suffers from extreme depression and does not give Momo the attention or affection that he deserves. Momo meets Ibrahim, who owns a small shop that Momo visits, and the two of them slowly become friends.

Momo’s inability to have a meaningful and positive relationship with his father drives him to walk the streets of some of Paris’ rough neighborhoods, shoplift at local stores and converse and befriend the prostitutes in Paris’ red light district. Momo is able to get the attention that he lacks, because of his father’s condition, from the prostitutes on the street. The film accurately shows a young boy’s awkward experiences with sexuality, through both the interactions he has with the prostitutes and with a young freckled and red-haired Jewish girl that lives in the apartment below him.

Eventually Momo starts spending more time with the shop keeper Ibrahim and they become friends. The two of them slowly become closer and closer until Momo feels closer to Ibrahim than he does to his father or the prostitutes that he has befriended. Ibrahim affectionately calls the boy Moise Momo and gives him the paternal attention that he is lacking. Throughout the film Ibrahim gives Momo countless pieces of relevant advice that will help him in the years to come.

The film boasts a very realistic crowded Parisian atmosphere. The atmosphere of the movie, along with the richness of the characters within the film, makes this coming-of-age tale a pleasure to watch. The characters are interesting and well-rounded, which is essential because the characters and their development is the main focus of the film.

R
| 2003 | 1 hr 35 min | 7.3/10 | 69/100
Cast
Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld
Director
François Dupeyron
Produced By
Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin
Language
English
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