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Cairo Time (Souvenirs Du Caire)

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  • Actors: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya, Amina Annabi, Tom McCamus
  • Directors: Ruba Nadda
  • Writers: Ruba Nadda
  • Producers: Charles Pugliese, Christine Vachon, Claire Welland, Daniel Iron, David Collins
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Dec 1 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002Q4GIG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,217 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Billed as a love story, Cairo Time is so much more. This independent film by Ruba Nadda is an intriguing, poignant, bittersweet story of how two people from different cultures come to know one another and are irresistably drawn together. Added to the mix are many of Ruba Nadda's own personal memories and experiences in Cairo, which make it all the more interesting. An enjoyable film with stellar acting from Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig, beautiful scenery and unforgettable music, Cairo Time is the well-deserved winner of Best Canadian Film at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Congratulations, Ruba! I look forward to the next one.
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'Cairo Time' is one of those movies you will watch over and over again, and see new little nuances each time. The storyline is a romance, in the style of old Hollywood, and it is truly sweet. Filmed in the bustling city of Cairo, Egypt, 'Cairo Time' shows the intensity of this ancient city, with its mix of old and modern worlds. As you watch the movie you can't help noticing the scenery too. I won't tell you the storyline because I want you to see the film without any preconceived ideas. But I do have to say Canadian director Ruba Nadda didn't miss using those little touches that convey to the viewers the closeness of the two characters. My favourite moment was when 'Juliette' reaches for 'Tareq's' drink, and he lets her take a sip... an action that would never be taken between two acquaintances, but an action that shows the kind of intimacy one would see from two people in love. With excellent performances by Patricia Clarkson (Juliette) and Alexander Siddiq (Tareq), 'Cairo Time' reminds me of a classic film, Casablanca. It is a beautiful movie.
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A lovely, slow-building romance set against the backdrop of Cairo. If you liked Lost in Translation, you'll love this movie. Just beautiful.
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The DVD starts off with an ad from the Egyptian Tourism board and the movie plays like one. Nothing wrong with this at all as the cinematography is spectacular from the street and market scenes to the majestic views of the Nile and the Pyramids.

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.
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Poignant and pleasantly beautiful, Cairo Time tells a well-worn story - Westerner finds romance and beauty in the seductive East - with a gentle, realist touch.

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.
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