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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 ...
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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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Chahine attracts more spectators, but....
8 March 2000 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

L'Autre (Al Akhar as we say it in Arabic) succeeded in attracting more people who were never big fans of Chahine's previous movies. But on the other hand, the majority of Chahine's fans didn't like the movie, or at least they said:"May be it is a good movie, but not Chahine's", and I am one of them. The characters in the movie are not deeply described, symbols used in each character are most of the times superficial. Fans of Chahine used to watch his movies to spend 2 hours of deep thinking and analysis, not only of the artistic way and the impressive mise-en-scene of Chahine - which were very good in l'Autre also - but also for the revolutionary ideas and the "Deep Diving" he used to make in his characters and the strong contradictions inside one character as well as between different characters. L'Autre was Me versus The Other, but this Me was not surely Me, and the other was too much the Other. And to understand this, just compare this Other with Chahine's Others in Salaadin 1956,and Adieu Bonaparte 1984. I was never a fan of Nabila Ebeid, but I have to admit she played a very good role. Mahmoud Hemeida was very good in a role that did not show most of his strong capabilities. Hani Salama made big progress from EL Massir.


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