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The Best of Times (2004)
"Ahla al awkat" (original title)

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A personal tragedy brings a woman closer to a handful of trusted friends in this independent drama. Salma (Hanan Turk) is a middle-aged woman who has achieved success in her profession but ... See full summary »

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Hanan Turk ...
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Yusreya (as Hend Sabri)
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Doha
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Hisham
Hassan Hosny ...
Salma's father
Khaled Saleh ...
Ibrahim
Amir Karara ...
Tarek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samie Al-Adel ...
Uncle Rabie
Salwa Mohamed Ali ...
Azza
Khairy Beshara
Yasser Eltobgy
Ahmad Kamal
Hala Khalil ...
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Marwa Mahran
Maha Abou Ouf ...
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A personal tragedy brings a woman closer to a handful of trusted friends in this independent drama. Salma (Hanan Turk) is a middle-aged woman who has achieved success in her profession but is still searching for contentment in her personal life. After her mother unexpectedly dies, Salma is sent into an emotional tailspin, and while her stepfather (Samie Al-Adel) tries to help by letting her move into his home, nothing seem to make her feel better. One day, Salma receives the first in a series of anonymous gifts and letters from someone who appears to know her, though she has no idea who they might be. As Salma sorts through a handful of male admirers in hopes of uncovering the identity of her new benefactor, she is reunited with two close friends from her days at school, Yusriyah (Hend Sabri) and Doha (Menna Shalabi), who commiserate with her as they share their own difficult life events. Ahla al Awqat (aka The Best of Times) was the first feature from writer and director Hala Khalil,... Written by aya

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Plot lacks volume, but overall worth the watch
2 April 2005 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

Ahla el-Awqat (The Best of Times) tells the story of a successful middle-aged woman (Salma, played by Hanan Tork) who is left to live with her step father after a not-so-tragic accident that claims the life of her mother. Salma goes on a quest to find out the identity of the sender of mystery letters and packages. One letter includes a picture of her and her two best friends from school (played by the Hend Sabry and Menna Shalaby), whom she has not seen for 14 years. Reunited, the girls embark on the quest of finding the identity of the sender.

Salma's character was very plain, but Yosreya and Doha (played by Hend and Menna - two of the best actresses out there) were wonderful colourful characters that were excellently delivered. The story is interesting and the plot is well formulated, but it needed more volume. The mise-en-scene and the characters are vibrant and attractive. Of course there are the obligatory twists in the plot that make you wonder what the hell the director was thinking, but the film is definitely worth the watch. If you can get a good subtitled copy go for it!!


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