Cairo Time (Souvenirs Du Caire)
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On a trip to Cairo, Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is forced to fend for herself when her husband is unexpectedly delayed on UN business in Gaza. As a woman alone in Cairo, she welcomes the company of Tareq (Alexander Siddig), her husband's charming friend who has agreed to be her guide. Together, the two explore the city's chaotic bazaars and surrender to the temptation of the Nile. With Tareq by her side, Juliette discovers the magic of Cairo - and more - in this lyrical tale of two people who unexpectedly fall in love.
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The movie is not juts one long travel slide show as the two main actors make it truly an honest look at older adults and how being dropped into an exotic locale can mess with one's equilibrium in both good and bad ways. Patricia Clarkson is her usual spot-on perfect best but the real surprise is the languid and sexy (without being in your face sexy) performance put on by Alexander Siddiq as her Egyptian guide turned lover Tareq.
The extra (and there is a lone one) on the DVD is just a short look at the making of the movie and it does offer up the whys, hows and wherefores of the various choices in the story. Short but sweet and it introduces us to the cute and ebullient director Ruba Nadda.
Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a middle-aged Canadian journalist, is visiting Cairo for a long-planned vacation with her UN staff husband, Mark (Tom McManus). Mark is unexpectedly held up in the Gaza Strip, and Juliette ("Like Romeo and!" a character notes) is stranded in the hotel, so Marc sends his long-time colleague, Tareq (Alexander Siddig), to play host. The attraction between Tareq and Juliette, which is immediate and mutual, simmers for much of her visit - until building to an almost unbearable tension where, if you're like the PPCC, you may find yourself gnashing your teeth, tearing your hair out and begging these characters to just elope, for the love of God!
But Cairo Time, for all its golden-hued panoramas of sunsets over pyramids, late-night wedding parties and curling hookah smoke, never gives in to the film fantasy urge - and the two star-cross'd lovers must remain firmly grounded in reality. Unlike other doomed couples o' the souq - Bogie and Ingrid, Ralph and Kristen - Juliette and Tareq are doomed by their pragmatism. And it is this realism - that you can't just drop everything and run off with the gorgeous, slinky foreigner, even if there's nothing you'd rather do - that accentuates the beauty and common tragedy of this very plausible love story.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Love this film. It is not for everyone because it is very subtle and anyone who likes a lot of dialogue and action will be bored stiff. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peggy Finnigan
This is an enjoyable film about a Canadian woman who goes to Egypt to be near her husband who is in the Middle East and finds an attractive man in the character played by Alexander... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Feuer
I agree with what other reviewers have posted here. This is an awesome movie which is even more appreciated if one has actually been to Egypt and visited the amazing city of Cairo,... Read morePublished on June 15 2011 by Valerie