Monsieur Ibrahim (original title: Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran; (French pronunciation: [məsjø ibʁaim e le flœʁ dy kɔʁɑ̃], Mister Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an) is a 2003 French drama film starring Omar Sharif, and directed by François Dupeyron. The films is based on a book and a play by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
|Directed by||François Dupeyron|
|Produced by||Laurent Pétin|
|Written by||Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt (novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran and screenplay)|
|Edited by||Dominique Faysse|
|Distributed by||ARP Sélection|
|Box office||$11.6 million|
The film begins in a working-class neighborhood in the Paris of the 1960s. The main character, Moїse Schmidt (Momo), is a young Jewish boy growing up without a mother and with a father afflicted by crippling depression. Momo is fascinated by the elderly Turkish Muslim man, Ibrahim Demirci (Turkish pronunciation: [demiɾˈdʒi]), who runs a grocery store across the street from his apartment (where Momo often shoplifts). Their relationship develops and soon Momo feels closer to Ibrahim than to his father. Ibrahim affectionately calls Moїse Momo, and adopts him when his father leaves and commits suicide. Momo and Ibrahim go on a journey in their new car (a Simca Aronde Océane) to Turkey, Ibrahim's native country, where Momo learns about Ibrahim's culture. At the end of their adventure, Ibrahim is killed in a car crash and Momo returns to Paris to take over the shop.
Awards and nominations
- César Award, Best Actor 2004: Omar Sharif
- Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo for Best Male Performance 2003: Pierre Boulanger
- Venice International Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Actor 2003: Omar Sharif
Also nominated for several awards, including the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.