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Naglaa Fathy ...
Sarah (as Naglaa Fathi)
Ahmed Zaki ...
Ibrahim (as Ahmed Zaky)
Farid Shawqi ...
Mohsen's Father (as Farid Chawky)
Mahmoud El-Meliguy ...
Qadry (as Mahmoud El Meligui)
Ezzat El Alaili ...
Shaker (as Ezzat El Alayli)
Youssef Wahby
Yehia Chahine
Leila Fawzi
Mohsena Tewfik ...
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Akela Kateb
Zeinab Sedky
Seif El Dine ...
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Ahmad Abdel Waress
Abdel Aziz Makhyoun
Gerry Sundquist ...
Thomas 'Tommy' Friskin
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Why indeed
22 October 2002 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

One cannot help but agree with the title of this film. Why indeed? Why spend more than two hours watching this mess of a film. The only reason I can think of that the Jury gave this movie the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is that is is different from anything else at the festival. And it is, it is a refreshing view through the eyes of a moviemaker NOT from the west. Unfortunately Youssef Chahine is not up to the task. He has severe difficulty figuring out which story he wants to tell, there are many stories in this film that would make great movies in their own right, but the constant intermingling of them, which might have worked in the hands of a more experienced director, fails in this film. For the first hour you are thrilled with the movie. One of the many stories involves an Egyptian aristocrat who picks up young English soldiers and kills them, one of them however invokes his pity and he ends up falling in love with him. For the first part of the movie this story is well told and interesting, but in the second half it becomes obvious and cliché and the good beginnings are ruined. This is one of his early movies and, although I haven't seen any others, I firmly believe that his production has improved vastly with experience, but you should definitely not see this as your first movie by him.


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