Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Movie Review: Cairo Time

Juliette: "I have always wanted to go to Alexandria"
Tareg: "The library burnt down, you know. You would be surprised how many people ask me that."

Cairo Time is the brilliant and unexpected romance of an American woman, who is the wife of a UN worker in Egypt, and an Egyptian man who is a former colleague of her husband. While Juliette's husband is trapped in Gaza trying to help solve a refugee camp crisis, Juliette, a woman with an adventurous spirit, cannot stay cooped-up in her hotel in Cairo and sets out to explore the city. Finding a number of unforeseen complications with wandering alone, Juliette befriends two unlikely people: the girlfriend of another UN worker who has been in Cairo for two years, and Tareg, a close friend and retired colleague of her husband who was sent to pick her up at the airport. As he accompanies her on her explorations in Cairo, Tareg exudes a quiet vibrancy, charm, humor, and earnestness which are as captivating as the city itself.

I found this movie incredibly charming. It was beautifully shot, brilliantly acted, and well written. I found the story to be believable and powerful, without being overwrought or tied up too perfectly. I recommend it highly. The soundtrack is also incredible.

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