Monsieur Ibrahim

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Monsieur Ibrahim
Monsieur Ibrahim poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by François Dupeyron
Produced by Laurent Pétin
Michèle Pétin
Written by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt (novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran and screenplay)
François Dupeyron
Starring Omar Sharif
Pierre Boulanger
Gilbert Melki
Isabelle Renauld
Lola Naymark
Isabelle Adjani
Cinematography Rémy Chevrin
Edited by Dominique Faysse
Distributed by ARP Sélection
Release date
  • 17 September 2003 (2003-09-17)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €5.3 million[1]
Box office $11.6 million[2]

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.


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 Persian 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 to Turkey, Ibrahim's native country, in their new car (a Simca Aronde Océane) where Momo learns about Ibrahim's culture. Before they can have a big adventure, Ibrahim is killed in a car crash and Momo returns to Paris to take over the shop.


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Also nominated for several awards, including the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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