Miral tells the story of Hind Husseini, who started an orphanage in Jerusalem in the wake of the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.
Hind Husseini was herself an orphan because of the fighting in the Middle East, and she decided to give back. What did Oliver Twist do? Nothing. He was selfish. Okay, to be fair, he did write the song “Twist and Shout,” but that’s not that big a deal. I’ve written hundreds of songs with some word play with the name Brian over the course of my life.
For example: Cryin and fryin (an ode to bacon and sadness)
Lyin to a woman (an ode to how women will believe ANYTHING)
Hey Jude (okay, it doesn’t have anything to do with my name, but it’s still impressive that the Beatles stole one of my songs.)
Can you tell there’s very little info available for Miral?
And just after I write that I find some stuff. Damn. Anyways, the story seems to take place over two different periods of time, with both the origin of the orphanage told, and then the later story of a girl named Miral who is sent to the institute. Miral is naïve to the problems that surround her until she is 17, at which point she is sent to a refugee camp to help teach. She falls in love with a political activist, and struggles between her feelings for the activist and his passion, and the way she was brought up at the institute, which upheld education as the road to peace.
Julian Schnabel, the director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, is at the helm of Miral. He actually strikes me as the perfect director for the film. This is also a big film for star Frieda Pinto, as this could really solidify her as an up and comer in Hollywood. Slumdog Millionaire was her first film, and while she is in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen’s latest film, that was not a commercial success, and while this may not be a huge hit either, it could get her some Oscar love. You never know.
Who’s It For?
No rating yet, but I would guess either PG-13 or R.
Movie Release Date
March 25, 2011. Limited
Who’s In It?
Hiam Abbass … Hind Husseini
Freida Pinto … Miral
Omar Metwally … Hani
Alexander Siddig … Jamal – Miral’s father
Ruba Blal … Fatima
Slumdog Millionaire, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
What’s Good About It?
Freida Pinto in a schoolgirl outfit. That alone ensures I will buy the Blu ray copy of the film. Also, it looks like it might be pretty decent.
What’s Bad About It?
It may get a bit preachy. The Middle East is the Vietnam of the modern day, and most of the artists out there don’t really know what the hell they’re talking about. I’m not pretending I know the solution either, but I’m at least self aware enough to know I should keep my mouth shut.
Our Clever Prediction
Low box office, but possible award love. Also, this is a big chance for Pinto, and it could really help launch her career.