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The Yacoubian Building (2006)
"Omaret yakobean" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  21 June 2006 (Egypt)
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Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Imam ...
Zaki El Dessouki
Nour El-Sherif ...
Youssra ...
Christine
Essad Youniss ...
Dawlat El Dessouky (as Issad Younis)
Ahmed Bedir ...
Malaak (as Ahmed Bedeir)
Hend Sabri ...
Bothayna (as Hind Sabry)
Khaled El Sawy ...
Hatem Rachid
Khaled Saleh ...
Kamal El Fouly
Ahmed Rateb ...
Fanous
Somaya El Khashab ...
Soad
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Abd Raboh
Mohamed Emam ...
Taha El Shazly (as Mohamed Imam)
Youseff Daoud ...
Fekry Abdel Shaheed
Talaat Zakaria ...
Bar Owner
Yehia El-Fakharany ...
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Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor's son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika's factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone's lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Hatem is drinking while remembering his youth near the end of the film, he finishes his drink. Seconds later, he finishes it again. See more »

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La Vie En Rose
Written by 'Édith Piaf'
Performed by 'Youssra'
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Omaret Yakobean
22 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

man oh man. what a film; it will leave you dazzled and amazed upon it's beauty. Marwan Hamed is no ordinary director, he is one of the best around. i have never seen such a movie that tackles every issue in the Egyption society so honestly. it is a pure masterpiece and if i was running the Oscars then that movie will sure receive one. A movie so honest and directed, it is designed for all classes describing the social corruption in todays society - not only in Egypt but all around the world. if you miss this movie then you will spend your entire life regretting it so i advice every Arabic and non-Arabic speaker to watch the masterpiece and enjoy the art of this marvelous director whom i have a great respect for. two thumps up


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