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Cairo Time

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Canada, Ireland, Egypt · 2009
Rated PG · 1h 28m
Director Ruba Nadda
Starring Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya, Amina Annabi
Genre Drama, Romance

As Juliette waits for her husband's arrival in Cairo, she gets a tour of the city from Tareq, a retired cop and friend of her husband. As one thing leads to another, the two develop romantic feelings for each other and have a brief affair – but is that all it is?

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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.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

One disappointment here is that Patricia Clarkson, the queen of indie film, is missing much of her usual spark. Her performance may be aiming for sensual, but too often it comes across more as listless.


Observer by Rex Reed

What emerges is time pleasantly spent with a slice of life that examines a romantic détente between two cultures. Like smoke from an Egyptian hookah, the melancholia lingers.

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