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The Other (1999)
"El Akhar" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  26 May 1999 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Hanan Turk ...
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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** 1/2 Silly and trite
29 February 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews



Don't be fooled by appearances: the fact that this is an exotic entry from Egypt doesn't shield the fact that it's just a boy-meets-girl love story given heavier trappings. Adam is the son of a wealthy Egyptian-American family who is studying at UCLA and returns home for a brief vacation. Upon his arrival he meets beautiful reporter Hanane, with whom he begins an intense love affair, and eventually they marry. Trouble arises when Hanane' s journalistic interests lead her to the corrupt business affairs of Adam's parents, who are interested in building an American tourist compound that would allow Americans further control of Egypt's tourist industry, and make them a whole lot richer. The climactic ending of the film is the tragic result of the adults' selfish greed which manifests itself on their children. Not really inspiring in any way, the film does feature some colourful musical numbers and wry moments. Nabila Ebeid is excellent as Adam's hard-driven mother.


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