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Fallen Angels Paradise (1999)

Gannat al shayateen (original title)
A formerly successful man dies then his semi-crazy daughter makes arrangements while his street thug friends take the corpse out for one last night.

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Mahmoud Hemida ...
Tabl / Moneer Rasmi
Lebleba ...
Hobba
Caroline Khalil ...
Salwa
Safwa ...
Shawkia
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Nonna
Sari Al Nagar ...
Adel
Saleh Fahmi ...
Boussy
Sa'eed Saleh ...
George
Menha Batraoui ...
The Wife (as Menha Al Batrawi)
Menha Zeytoun ...
The Aunt
Maged El Kedwany ...
Atef
Kamal Soleiman ...
Abou Rasha
Raafat Ragi ...
Halim
Geena ...
The Girl Driver
Mohamad Dardiri ...
The Doctor
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A formerly successful man dies then his semi-crazy daughter makes arrangements while his street thug friends take the corpse out for one last night.

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Fallen Angels Paradise  »

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Strange but worthwhile
27 July 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I'm not familiar with the Jorge Amado novel that formed the basis for this film, but the result is certainly somewhat unsettling and quite odd. After the death of an elderly drunk, friends remove his gold teeth and try to pawn them, only to learn that the teeth aren't really gold. Meanwhile the corpse is taken to the mortuary where it is shaved, cleaned, and prepared for burial--and given two new front teeth to boot. The friends (and with friends like these...) sneak into the mortuary, steal the body, and take it for a midnight ride in their car. Compelling and strangely watchable, Paradise of the Fallen Angels is not what one might expect from an Egyptian film. It's willfully perverse and darkly humourous and is a million miles away from the beautiful and serious cinema of Iran, for example. If you want to see an example of art from an Islamic country that has neither political nor religious overtones, here it is.


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