Mayrig (Mother) is a 1991 semi-autobiographical film written and directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Henri Verneuil. The film's principal cast includes Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. It is about the struggles of an Armenian family that emigrates to France from Turkey after the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Mayrig movie poster
Directed byHenri Verneuil
Produced byTarak Ben Ammar
Mark Lombardo
Written byHenri Verneuil
StarringClaudia Cardinale
Omar Sharif
Nathalie Roussel
Music byJean-Claude Petit
CinematographyEdmond Richard
Edited byHenri Lanoë
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
157 minutes

Following the film's success, Verneuil edited the movie into a television series. He followed that up with 588 rue paradis, a sequel to the original movie.



The film has a 95% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Awards and nominations

  • Mayrig received a César Award nomination for Jean-Claude Petit's original score.
  • Mayrig also won an Academy Award by the National Academy of Cinema, France, in 1991.


  1. "Mayrig (1991)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
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