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The Other (1999)

El Akhar (original title)
Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

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Hani Salama ...
Nabila Ebeid ...
Margaret
Mahmoud Hemida ...
Khalil
Lebleba ...
Baheyya
Hassan Abdel Hamid ...
Dr. Maher
Ezzat Abou Aouf ...
Dr. Essam
Ahmed Fouad Selim ...
Ahmed
Amr Saad ...
Omar
Ahmed Wafik ...
Fathallab
Edward Said ...
Himself
Hamdine Sabahi ...
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Tamer Samir ...
Morcy
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Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive for money rules. Adam (Hani Salama), the son of a rich businessman and his American wife, meets Hanane (Hanane Turk), a journalist of modest means at the airport on his return from his studies in the US. She is part of a campaign against a wealthy elite, which has thrived on plundering its own people. They fall in love and get married. Corruption is everywhere in the country and American interests are taking over the lucrative tourist trade. Adam's rich parents and their friends in the government are at the heart of this corrupt system. Adam's mother, Margaret (Nabila Ebeid), nourishes a strange affection for her son. She is possessive to the point of violence and is ready to get rid of Hanane, whom she considers her rival. Adam turns against the global economy of which his parents are the perfect ... Written by ahmedzain

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It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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Adam we Hanan
Written by Gamal Békhit
composed by Farouk El Sharnouby
Performed by Magda El-Roomy
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This is the greatest love story in the modern Arabic cinema
23 November 2006 | by (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best romantic dramas and examples of political realism in the Middle East region. It discusses what is the meaning of terrorism and who is a terrorist, and who is the real terrorist. The movie shows how power can destroy the most beautiful things in the world. The movie is extremely intelligent and it has many interesting ideas. Every time one watches the movie, it is as if you are seeing it for the first time because you see additional layers of meaning in the movie.

The movie is a love story between Adam, the son of an American woman and an Egyptian man (who are married only for business reasons without love) and Hanan, a female journalist from a poor family. Adam studied human rights and terrorism. Hanan's brother is a member of a terrorist group. The movie explores how their life develops and grows after their marriage. The American woman becomes jealous on her son and doesn't want someone to take her son and wants to destroy their love story. It's a very touching love story and expresses much about the situation faced by poor Egyptians and gives the viewer lots of questions as to how people become terrorist and what leads a young guy to pursue this path.


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