Jose Haro
EW Staff
August 13, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miral

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
112 minutes
performer
Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass
director
Julian Schnabel
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Rula Jebreal

We gave it an B-

STARRING Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass
WRITTEN BY Rula Jebreal
DIRECTED BY Julian Schnabel

A young Palestinian woman named Miral (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto) grows up in an orphanage in war-torn Jerusalem and becomes involved with Palestinian rights while teaching at a refugee camp. ”It’s not Baby’s Day Out,” jokes Pinto of director Julian Schnabel’s follow-up to 2007’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Though it’s based on Rula Jebreal’s novel of the same name, the film depicts real-life figures such as Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass), who founded Jerusalem’s Dar Al-Tifel Institute for orphans in 1948. Acting in the film ”really changed me as a person,” Pinto says.

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