DirectorFrancois Dupeyron Initial DVD releaseJuly 6, 2004 Duration CountryFrance
WriterEric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, Francois Dupeyron Release date2003 (U.S. release) CastOmar Sharif (Monsieur Ibrahim), Pierre Boulanger (Moïse), Gilbert Melki (Père de Momo), Isabelle Renauld (Mère de Momo), Lola Naymark (Myriam), Anne Suarez (Sylvie) Similar moviesMission: Impossible, Killing Zoe, The Big Blue, Breathless, Bruce Almighty, Talk to Her
Monsieur ibrahim e i fiori del corano
Monsieur Ibrahim (original title: Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran; ([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, 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.
Monsieur Ibrahim – Omar Sharif
Momo – Pierre Boulanger
Momo's father – Gilbert Melki
Momo's mother – Isabelle Renauld
Myriam – Lola Naymark
Sylvie – Anne Suarez
Fatou – Mata Gabin
Eva – Celine Samie
The Movie Star – Isabelle Adjani
Awards and nominations
César Award, Best Actor 2004: Omar Sharif
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo for Best Male Performance 2003: Pierre Boulanger
Venice International Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Actor 2003: Omar Sharif
Also nominated for several awards, including the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.