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From Julian Schnabel, Academy-Award®-nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope, and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage, and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass of MUNICH, THE VISITOR) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2,000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen-year-old Miral (Freida Pinto of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother’s tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (Omar Metwally of RENDITION). Soon she finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her and she is forced to decide between fighting like those before her or following Mama Hind’s defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 63
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 52
- Average Rating: 4.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Like so many other well-intentioned movies about politically contentious issues, it is hobbled by its own sincerity and undone by a confused aesthetic agenda.
Rotten: The film aspires to be epic, spanning 1947 to 1994, but the stories don't always cohere.
Rotten: The lack of a compelling lead figure, combined with Schnabel's tentative approach to the material, casts the film's later stretches in the balmy glow of soap opera.
Rotten: Miral plays like an art project that took a wrong turn somewhere between Soho and Ramallah. It seems the Middle East is unstable ground not just for diplomats, but for aesthetes as well.
This film's poor reviews comprise a shiny veneer, which masks the anti-Palestinian sentiment that lies behind it. It's a sad and moving film, albeit a somewhat uneven one (hence the missing fifth star) but I recommend you see it before you pass judgment.
The director ignores the realities of life in Israel, choosing instead to serve a portion of anti-semitic Israel bashing healthy enough for the anti-Zionist U.N. It is a pity that Frida Pinto agreed to act in such a low and biased film. Of course, were the film to be pro-Israel or even focus on other major conflicts (Kashmir comes to mind) it would not be produced, let alone acclaimed, so apparently the participants know what is good for their careers. It is worth noting, however, that for one actor this movie was not beneficial. Juliano Merr-Khamis, who plays Seikh Saabah, was shot outside a theatre he had established in a Palestinian refugee camp shortly after the release of the film. That's gratitude for you.
The movie was carefully design to evoke emotions and that hopefully by the end of the movie you will believe that this is what happens in Israel.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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