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Room to Rent (2000)

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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A boom mic falls into the shot in a scene near the end, when Ali and Sarah are sitting on the bed together. See more »

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Good hearted comedy
25 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is a good hearted comedy that meets the most important of my criteria for an enjoyable film. You really like the characters and you enjoy spending time with them.

Ali is an Egyptian living in London who has come to the end of his student visa and wants to remain.

His struggle for a means to do that, and the characters we meet along the way provide good light hearted fare in this thoroughly enjoyable, and different film.

I particularly enjoyed Ali's relationship with Mark, the gay photographer. It was refreshing to see a friendship between a gay man and a straightman where one wasn't lusting after the other or vice versa. It was actually a bit funny to see Ali's reactions when he noticed Mark "noticing" other young men. Not so much jealousy as mutual recognition of mens' enjoyment of the "thrill of the hunt".

Also the scene where Mark's father mistakes Ali for Mark's lover, rather than just his room-mate, was sweet and touching. Having Mark's father call his son a good man and asking Ali to take care of him is a nice counterbalance to the furious fathers that we usually see.

Overall a truly enjoyable little movie.


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