The Wedding Song
The Wedding Song – Movie Review
Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, both 16, have been friends since childhood. They live in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each one secretly wishes she could live the life of the other; while Nour regrets not having been able to go to school like her friend, Myriam envies Nour, who’s engaged to her cousin Khaled. In November 1942, the Germany Army enters Tunis and the German occupation brings many changes, especially to the Jews. In particular, Myriam’s mother, Tita, is no longer allowed to work. Cripped by debt, she decides to marry the son of a rich doctor. As Myriam fears her dreams of finding true love are gone, with the passing days, the friendship the two girls grows distant, caused by by the Nazi propaganda.
The Wedding Song, subtitled in french and set in Tunisia during World War II, is the story of a Muslim girl and a Jewish girl and their friendship with one another. The performances are lovely. The little girls are charming, but it goes on for much too long. It’s very predictable. The idea that somehow love will conquer all, even when we’re talking with 18 year old little girls does not exactly stop the presses. It’s lovely for about an hour. Unfortunately, it goes on what seems at least four days past that, which is probably only a half our, but it just goes on too long. Two stars.