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Momo

I keep forgetting the name of this film about a muslim boy who was raised by a Jewish godmother. It plagues my mind every once in a while because my psyche insists that the mother is played by Romy Scheider, whereas she’s actually played by Simone Signoret.

Madame Rosa

Vie devant soi, La
(1977)

Director Moshé Mizrahi
Writers:Romain Gary (novel)
Moshé Mizrahi (adaptation)
Release Date: 19 March 1978 (USA) more
Genre:Drama more

Great film about a Jewish lady who raised her adopted Arab son as a Muslim in Paris. Proof that the two cultures DO have a lot of respect for each other and can happily co-exist despite the Palestine/Israel conflict. The film has no mention about the strife in Western Asia, but seeing how these two characters love one another, a body can’t help but feel hopeful.

There was a later film inspires by the character Momo in this tale called Monsieur Ibrahim with the great Omar Shariff. The latter film will always pop up on a Google search first.

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