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Pleasant movie, enjoyed the scenery, costumes, music and wedding scene. Not much of a story and I'm glad it ended the way it did.
This comment might contain a spoiler - Refreshingly complex study of attraction that doesn't result in the standard torrid affair.
Slow, sort of a love / romance story, but it seemed that it was mostly about the scenery in Egypt. At least it wasn't a Hollywood romance.
A very enjoyable movie. The sights in the movie were breath taking! The woman and man had chemistry. The costumes were very original. The music flowed through out the movie on a peaceful wave!
Less a story than a TRAVEL DOC for Egypt and Cairo.
I'm sad to say that that was how I enjoyed the film and the story merely got in the way of sumptuous sight-seeing.
sadly, I didn't like this movie as much as I wanted to. Patrica Clark and Alexander Siddig were great to look at but the simmering was barely breaking bubbles on the surface.
Beautifully done. Very romantic and well acted. I enjoyed it enormously.
This is a non-sexual romance between two 40-something individuals that gives witness to the seductive nature of emotional intimacy and the passage of time. Cairo and the muslim culture provide the context for understanding the beauty of the muted passion that slowly develops between the characters. The intoxication of emotional intimacy is all too often lost in the highly sexualized nature of relationships in North America today. The "awkward moments" in the movie were perfectly acted and very real. I did feel, however, that the woman's actions in the ending sequence were too blatent and dangerous, which seemed unbelieveably naive for a socially and politically savvy magazine editor. Nonetheless, I thought this movie was a very adult perspective on romance and relationships. I really enjoyed this movie.
Indulgent. Beautiful cinematography. Poignant, raw emotions. Musically thrilling. An experience comparable to eating a decadent chocolate cake very slowly, enjoying the richness with every bite. Watched twice in once week. Brilliant.
This movie reminds you what it truly feels like to fall in love. Both characters are played incredibly well. I didn't like the ending though
It was a slow movie, plot was thin as rice paper, but I did enjoy seeing the sights and atmosphere of Cairo. Plenty of awkward moments, especially when the acting didn't quite work.
Superficially an adult romance between a married career woman visiting Cairo and a man who helps her navigate the city, CAIRO TIME also brushes such topics as culture differences, gender roles and politics. In many ways director Ruba Nedda has written a love letter to Cairo and an urban life seldom seen in western films. Patricia Clarkson plays Juliette, the wife of an American diplomat who is coming to Cairo to visit her husband. When she lands she is informed by Tareq, a former employee and dear friend of her husband’s, that he has been delayed and will call her at the hotel. Clarkson masterfully slides from thee excitement of arriving in a strange land to spend time with her husband to the disoriented wariness of a woman on her own in a Middle Eastern city. She is comforted by Tareq’s presence, but uncertain of their relationship as well. Her first attempts at exploring the city alone throw her into further dismay as the young men openly admire her and follow her wherever she goes.
It is with great relief that she meets Tareq again, and he graciously takes her on tours of the city and surrounding countryside… all except the pyramids, which she has vowed to save for her husband. In her discussions with Tareq, she begin to understand the differences in their cultures, just as she slowly begins to become entranced by the exotic beauty of the locale. Clarkson is magnificent in a quiet, understated role that upon further examination might even be a woman used to her husband making decisions for her. While it is true that she has a career as a journalist for a women’s magazine, share makes it sound more like an issues journal than the lifestyle mag that it truly is. Clarkson responds slowly to Tareq’s gentle yet so-very male demeanor, but it is clear that she feels comforted by his presence, yet able to challenge and verbally spar with him as well.
What Nedda does that is so remarkable is to allow long silences to permeate the film. There are long moments of Juliette and Tareq enjoying each other’s company with out speaking. Emotions is conveyed beautifully without words. It is a testament Nedda’s skillful direction that she so eloquently captures the ebb and flow of life in Cairo, showing us its everyday existence as it wraps a cocoon of longing around two solitary people.
Really good movie! A beautiful love story with a surprising plot and ending.. Great scenery of Cairo and its Culture!.. I recommend it!
Unless you happen to be game for an easy-going romantic flick centred around an idle, neglected woman needing to feel alive, and have not very critical standards in yr movies -- I'd pass on this.
It's a fair movie, mind you, on several counts. Blessed with a fine location (Cairo); well-filmed; has some decent acting; a fair romantic plot (albeit a predictable one); atmospheric as well.
But the one thing it suffered from, and which sunk it for me, was the dreary script! Also, the director could have shaved off a good 15-20 minutes, so be ready for some longueurs.
This could've been big, and a good launch of a career in the west for a new Omar Sharif, and a good outing for the lead lady.