michael gallucci

MOVIE REVIEW — THE WEDDING SONG

In Uncategorized on 01/20/2010 at 9:08 am



Two girls – one’s Jewish, the other’s Muslim – are engaged to be married in Karin Albou’s Tunisia-set World War II film. But many things (poverty, family, the war) get in the way of their pre-arranged happily-ever-afters. For one thing, Myriam (Lizzie Brocheré) doesn’t even like the guy she’s supposed to marry. And the Muslim man Nour (Olympe Borval) is set up with works for the Nazis. Plus, Myriam clearly has a thing for her pal. The girls are best friends, sharing every secret, laugh and tear since childhood. The love stories at the center of The Wedding Song are just part of the movie’s drama. There’s class divide (even among the Jews and Muslims themselves, both of whom are persecuted by the Germans, albeit in different ways), racial barriers and sexual politics to overcome too. But mostly the film is about the two girls. The Wedding Song hinges on their relationship, and the terrific Brocheré and Borval save the film from its ponderous thoughts on race, class and sex. Eventually, everything collides and the war catches up to them, exploding their personal problems into something the whole world – regardless of race, class or religion — can understand. Michael Gallucci

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