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Room to Rent (2000)

 |  Comedy  |  22 June 2001 (UK)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Margreta
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Ali
Karim Belkhadra ...
Ahmed
Maureen O'Farrell ...
Belly Dancer
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Mark
Clémentine Célarié ...
Vivienne
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Naief
Badia Obaid ...
Ali's Mother
Nahar Ramadan ...
Ali's Sister
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Ali's Brother
Sahar Gadel-Kareem ...
Ali's Younger Sister
Louis Hammond ...
Pedro
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Sarah Stevenson
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Home Office Official
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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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Interesting enough
16 November 2006 | by (West Mids - Inglaterra) – See all my reviews

Revolving around aspiring writer Ali's tribulations In a new & unfamiliar setting told from an outsiders perspective. The title, presumably In reference to his numerous different lodgings Is Initially a central plot line, as It progresses the focus turns to finding a Visa bride. Coinciding with the sympathy humour of Ali's beginnings being replaced by adding depth to his plight. Shame as for the first hour there are many funny moments - ie the "inspiration" for his stories.

London under the night lights looks great also rightly portraying a sprawling city that can be Incredibly lonely. The main character(the lippy arab guy from La Haine) Is very good both confident & hapless, Juliete Lewis' In character Munroe Impersonation again good although under-used. The supernatural stuff at the end feels a little out of place but at least has some reasoning behind it so forgivable. Overall a likable film just about judging the balance between light & serious, odd enough to keep you watching. Most Importantly a brit comedy drama that doesn't try too hard - stupid gimmicks, rubbish stereotypes, disgusting overacting etc.


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