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Julian Schnabel

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • 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. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Mar 24, 2011

Rotten: The film aspires to be epic, spanning 1947 to 1994, but the stories don't always cohere. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Mar 24, 2011

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. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Mar 24, 2011

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. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Mar 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Anti-Palestinian Sentiment

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 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.

One word Education and Freedom for Both side..

Miral shows us how life is other side the road. They have nothing at all and one side has everything .

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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