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Scholar and calligrapher Hassan (Navin Chowdhry) discovers part of an
ancient scripture that in its full form might reveal the secret of love
and end a magic spell over the Princess of Samarkand, whom Hassan
daydreams about. However, despite the noblest of motives, he is locked out
of the city's library, and the only one who agrees to help him in his
quest is Zin (Walid Arakji), a resourceful young boy who makes a living
delivering loveletters throughout town. Eventually, Zin helps Hassan to
break into the library, but that's when war starts and the library goes up
in flames. Zin and Hassan are separated, and while Zin is taken to
paradise (which might or might not mean he has died), Hassan is saved from
the enemy forces by a mysterious masked rider, Aziz (Ninar Esber), who
draws the enemy's attention to himself and gives Hassan an opportunity to
escape. When Hassan and Aziz later meet again, Aziz turns out to be a
woman, and the two soon start to have tender feelings for one another - when the enemy shows up again and they are forced to flee and take a leap
over the cliffs into the sea.
Once over the cliffs, Hassan and Aziz get
seperated again, and when Hassan tries to find her, he finds the missing
scripture instead and has to realize Aziz was the answer to the meaning of
love and his Princess of Samarkand all rolled into one ...
deliberately naive Arabian Nights-style fairytale that gets across
its story full of magic without one single special effect and instead uses
nothing more than colourful images, beautiful sets and landscapes,
and a dreamlike pacing that lacks any out-of-place haste. It might be a far
cry from Western Arabian Nights spectacles - and Le Collier
Perdu de la Colombe is all the more fascinating for it ...