Though the film is called The Syrian Bride
, the story is about much more than Mona the bride. Played by Clara Khoury (who also starred as a bride in Rana’s Wedding
), Mona doesn’t have very many lines in this new Israeli film. Instead, she acts as a gravitational body that the main themes of the film orbit around — her sister Amal’s unhappy marriage, the problems of tribal politics, the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, and on a more abstract level, the broader political conflict in the Middle East.