The fluorescent lights of Hollywood Video shine on me. While most people in the store linger over flicks like “White Chicks,” I ponder some of the world’s most overlooked titles - independent and foreign films. My hand snakes out to one that has caught my eye: “Monsieur Ibrahim.” It is in French with English subtitles. Perfect, I decide, and take it home. Two hours later, I emerge from my bedroom with tears streaming down my face. This is a stunning movie.
The captivating “Monsieur Ibrahim” centers around 16-year-old Moses, Momo for short (Pierre Boulanger), who lives with his father in a lower-class section of Paris on a street haunted by call girls. The boy and his father have a tense relationship because Momo’s mother left years before and in his father’s eyes, Momo will never reach the greatness of his brother.
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