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Cast overview:
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz ...
Ahmed Abol Mahasen
Ilham Shaheen ...
Ahlam Madbouli
Farouk Al-Fishawy ...
The Mysterious Man (as Farouk Al-Fichawi)
Ahmed Fouad Selim
Hamdy Ahmed ...
The Big Man


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1 July 2000 (Egypt)  »

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Subjugation Addiction !

A peerless film indeed. It has interesting points; whether on a national level or international one.

It centers on a human being who gets addicted to subjugation, falls in love with the "habit" even if it's destructive, and submits to humiliation to masochistic extent. And when he understands, very late, that his life became inescapable prison; he goes to revenge on the one who got him there. Although he dies after that, falling over a building, but with a smile upon his face, since he feels – for the very first time – the release; not because he leaves this life / prison, but because he finally "chooses".

Nationally speaking, this was such a gloomy yet so shrewd reading for what already had been done to our homeland which is nothing but its human. It brilliantly summarized the kinds of deformations around that human which turned him, as well as his reality, into horrible monster.. but miserable. It's delightful to know that, within 12 years, that human didn't go in a free fall, but preferred free life, when revolted against that subjugation, creating an honorable moment in their history; named "the Revolution of 25 January".

Internationally speaking, the film says that we live a big firm, which happens to be dirty, and you have to submit to its totally unfair rules, otherwise you'll be terminated. It's the new world order; and smartly shown in its fact, not as a ruling nation, but as a ruling company. I loved the way how the film expresses its notion; since that firm's goal is immersing you in its "enjoyment's market" (what the film's title means in English) in return for your freedom. But while the lead of David Fincher's Fight Club, produced in the same year by the way, chose to rebel, violently and insanely, against it—this lead was, for most of the time, the opposite; as the passive, rather the enamored of it !

This is one of the most perfect films ever written by (Wahid Hamid). I have always thought that the majority of his work has something to lessen its beauty; like the commercial light sarcasm in (Al Irhab Wal Kabab), or the tasteless ending of (El Noom Fi El Asel). But this time, his script reached an amazing high top. Enough to say that (Souq al mot aa) is worth watching, for more than once, to think and contemplate, and what's even more good is that you will enjoy, whether you're Egyptian or not.

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