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Margreta
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Ali
Karim Belkhadra ...
Ahmed
Maureen O'Farrell ...
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Mark
Clémentine Célarié ...
Vivienne
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Naief
Badia Obaid ...
Ali's Mother
Nahar Ramadan ...
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Sahar Gadel-Kareem ...
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Louis Hammond ...
Pedro
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Sarah Stevenson
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Mr. Paul
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Ali is a young Egyptian screenwriter determined to succeed in London, where he has been a student. He loves the artistic and political freedom, the colours, the music, the individualism. But he has little money, his student visa is about to expire and he has been thrown out of his lodgings. And so Ali moves in with a succession of eccentric and colourful London flatmates: Mark, a photographer with a very individual style, Linda, a young, blonde, very sexy model and Marilyn Monroe impersonator, and Miss Stevenson who is convinced that Ali is the reincarnation of her long dead Egyptian lover. All the while Ali is in search of an elusive British visa which unexpectantly leads to finding the love of his life. Written by Aline

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A Great Ride! of a movie!!!
11 August 2002 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

Simply a ride!, hilarious never ending twist after another of a script, a lot of brilliant edit cuts, great acting, and above all obviously a top notch director who scores high when its about humor in film.

You will never guess where this story will take you the next second and its always while you are laughing on that the next twist comes and its always as un-imaginable and un-believable as you can... well... can not think of! yet very well paced and written and very truly delivered from the actors that you accept it willingly if not lovingly. Then you get addicted to the ride! Addicted to the point that you would not want it to end without a major meaning to the whole ride as if it is your own! It is truly very entertaining and engaging in a whole different sense if not "Genre" if I may say.

The script carries you from one twist to another with a very special sense of humor present almost in every scene that really grows on you by the end! Khaled El Hagar (the writer/director) comes up with a last twist that is of course un-expected as you can expect after going through this ride with him! Could not help think he could be a re-encarnated Great Director! trying to tell us that in his own very personal classic non cliche smart and witty way!

A MUST FOR MOVIE LOVERS.


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