Cairo Time

Cairo Time

Cairo Time

A tantalising brief encounter in a classic romantic movie mode, Cairo Time traces the intimacy and understanding that grows between Juliette, a Canadian magazine editor (Patricia Clarkson, clearly etched and luminous as ever) and Tareq, the Egyptian friend (courtly, intriguingly unattached Alexander Siddig) assigned by her diplomat husband to show her the sights of Cairo.

As Tareq guides Juliette through the chaos and uproar and shows her the city’s wonders, their pleasure is increasingly shadowed by the loyalty they feel to the man who put them together – Juliette’s husband and Tareq’s friend. That Arab-Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda shot an entire feature in that glorious, infuriating melee of a city is a miracle in itself and one that any armchair traveller will relish.

2009Rating: PG, Contains Adult Themes90 minsCanada, Ireland, EygptEnglish and Arabic with English subtitles
DramaRomance

Cairo Time / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The fourth feature from Canadian writer-helmer Ruba Nadda ("Sabah") has a slightly breathless, old-fashioned feel, calling to mind the cliched fiction found in the type of ladies' magazine the heroine edits.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The time does pass agreeably enough, and if Cairo Time does not amount to much, it does evoke a wistful state of feeling and a complicated city with enough skill and sensitivity that you wish it had dared more.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's a haunting and hypnotic film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Love story without chemistry

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Aside from the sweltering Egyptian climate, little heat or excitement is generated by the film or its attractive stars.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Clarkson and Siddig are believably drawn together to palpably depict how attraction can awkwardly arise.

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