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As children Mohammed (Qais Attalah) and his sister Nour (Hiba Attalah) were inseparable. Together they made music and lived the dream of becoming famous with it. But life makes both of them a dramatic line through the bill in a very special way. Years later Mohammed (Tawfeek Barhom) has actually renounced singing. But when he learns that the audition for the next season of the successful casting show "Arab Idol" is taking place in Cairo, the old fire is rekindled. Against all odds he wants to take part in the casting and win the show - with a song for his sister Nour!
"Ein Lied für Nour" tells the true story of Mohammed Assaf, who as a Palestinian made his way into the Arab version of "Germany seeks the Superstar" and in a stirring finale even emerged as the winner. Even if the ending is already known (which it would be even if it wasn't a true story, as the whole thing is already predictably staged), this doesn't harm the entertainment value of the drama in the least. Because "Ein Lied für Nour" lives from the emotional power of its story and from the good actors. This becomes especially clear in the first part of the movie, in which little Mohammed and his sister are the focus of attention. The children play really well and their desperate attempts to become successful musicians are charming, humorous and moving.
The second half, which shows the older Mohammed applying for the casting via Skype and then taking on the dangerous journey to Cairo to follow his dream, can no longer quite reach the emotionality of the first half. The staging - even if it follows a true story - seems a little too thick for that. Nevertheless, the whole thing works very well and gives you really nice goose pimples, especially at the finale. And if you also get the real pictures of what triggered Mohammed's final song in his home country, then the movie also gets a relevance that you might not have granted it before.
What "A song for Nour" really shows beautifully is how important and powerful music can be. It can overcome boundaries, prejudices and hatred and makes us - even if only for a moment - all equal. Music can have a healing and reconciling effect and is therefore so important for us humans. The example of this story illustrates this more than impressively. And even if the staging may have its small weaknesses, this message makes the film quite clear: Absolutely worth seeing!
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