Miral (2010) - Drama, History

Hohum Score

86

Hohummer

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 29 found boring (13.79%)

One-line Reviews (16)

The cinematography is beautiful and the lead actors are compelling in their roles.

Based on a book by "Rula Jebreal," the film is immensely entertaining, and is about the power and the value of education over the power and value of war (or peace marches, as the case may be, for Mrs. Husseini doesn't like those, either).

They may have to settle for the satisfaction of telling a compelling story beautifully, as both their political aims and commercial success will no doubt lie beyond their capability.

The most riveting scene for me is where Miral learns that love and hate have the same roots and is beautifully played out.

A compelling insight into a war without end .

This is an experience that we cherish and revere, and since we are so defensive of our emotional lives we define these compelling moments as important.

This movie also tells the compelling, and wonderful stories of a certain Fatima, aka, "the good nurse," Hind, of course, and, in the beginning of the film, Nadia, who is forced into near-prostitution as a result of her intolerance of her marriage with a creep who also shows signs of willingness to bed his own daughter.

And the great irony of it is that Julian Schnabel has purposely contrived his film hoping to avoid this very accusation.

Kudos to that I say, nevertheless I found the story confusing.

But an unpardonable fault is the lack of a truly capable, compelling character for us to focus on.

One high circulation newspaper said that the film was a "slanderous and shameful piece of propaganda.

Compelling Memoir of an Israeli Palestinian Woman .

Snore.

Hind encourages Miral to follow her heart and convictions: it is the development of change represented by Hind, Nada, and Miral that personalizes this compelling epic.

Propaganda right out of the Soviet Union's playbook for Yassar Arafat.

To see the Israeli seen as "bad guys" was almost shocking, what with the Jewish propaganda we get out of Hollywood all the time.