Cinema at the IFI: MONSIEUR IBRAHIM ET LES FLEURS DU CORAN

Set in Paris in the 1960s, adolescent Moise whose nickname is Momo, lives with his father on the city’s rue Bleue. His mother and older brother left years ago, so he and his father have settled into an acrimonious routine, in which Momo spends his days alone, watching the world go by. Momo’s father compares him to his absent brother and even forgets his birthday.

The neighbourhood shopkeeper Ibrahim (Omar Sharif) watches Momo grow up and takes him under his wing. Ibrahim follows the Sufi faith, and as Momo shares in his new father figure’s generosity, vitality and piety, a brighter future begins to open up before him.

With beautiful cinematography and compelling performances by Pierre Boulanger (Momo) and the incomparable Omar Sharif, the film leads us back in time, down bustling Parisian streets and finally across Europe as we join the protagonists on their emotional journey.

France • 2003 • Drama • English subtitles • 94 mins • Director: François Dupreyon

To book, please contact IFI Education on (01) 679 5744 or email education@irishfilm.ie

Cost: €4.00 per student, teachers free

Irish Film Institute 6 Eustace St Dublin 2

www.irishfilm.ie

Published on 06/12/2004

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