"I stumbled upon "Sabah" on The Sundance Channel and was very glad to see it released on DVD. "Sabah" is a surprisingly touching film that is engaging and beautifully acted. It's a throwback to a long gone era of romantic films. And not a major Hollywood star in sight (thank goodness). Arsinee Khanjian gives a wonderful performance as Sabah, a middle-aged woman struggling to find freedom in love while being stuck inside her strict Muslim family. The real treat is Shawn Doyle as her would-be suitor. "Sabah" is a sweet little film that tells a universal story of love and romance."
Cross cultural love story
Reader | Boca Raton, FL | 07/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In this film we meet Sabah and her close knit family of older mother, married brother (who has daughter) and her sister- apparently married. Sabah has never been married and she is 40 year old and single. She takes care of her sckly mother. Sabah's father is deceased so the role of the family patriarch is taken over by her older brother. She lives by stict islamic rules and rarely leaves her immigrant Syrian neighborhood. There are codes of conduct to be followed: woman's head must be covered when she is in public, woman is not to walk alone after sundown, there is no dating, only arranged marriages and having no other obligations it is Sabah's duty to be a caregiver to her sick mother (who does not look all that sick anyway, just a little bit too overbearing). When Sabah meets a local nice Canadian guy, self employed, divorced, carpenter/artist, willing to learn about her, her family and her culture, the family is about to explode with idea that she is dating a "foreigner". An absurd idea considering that is it Sabah's family living in Canada and if anyone is a foreigner it is her and her family unwilling to assimilate or at least adopt to the customs of the country they live in. There is nothing you have not seen before in this story of spinster-turned-bride in her middle age. It is a cute little past time movie. Do not expect too much of it."
Against my beliefs but still...
B. Henawi | 08/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"being Arabic + Muslim girl from ME, shocked *at first* from this movie idea. it gives wrong idea about what we should do (e.g: wearing Hijab) and what we shouldn't do (e.g: wearing Bikini in Public, Drinking wine), at the same time i can't deny that it-can-happens-in-real-life.
being educated & open-minded at the same time, love can happens between any couples.
loved the movie so that i bought it from Amazon.com."
A movie to make you smile
carl169 | 10/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a truly lovely little movie that celebrates the best impulses in human beings. The fact that it deals with Syrian Mulsims is incidental. Its story could easily apply to any other ethnic group at its moment of moving from insularity to full citizenship in a larger culture. You. Will. Love. It."
Love is possible at any age
Denis Delpino | easton MD USA | 08/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"a film that is heart warming and fun. Great performances and just a really, strong and forceful and let u see that anything is possible and can happen we just have to be patient."