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:
Zaki El Dessouki
Nour El-Sherif ...
Youssra ...
Essad Youniss ...
Dawlat El Dessouky (as Issad Younis)
Ahmed Bedir ...
Malaak (as Ahmed Bedeir)
Bothayna (as Hind Sabry)
Hatem Rachid
Khaled Saleh ...
Kamal El Fouly
Ahmed Rateb ...
Somaya El Khashab ...
Abd Raboh
Mohamed Emam ...
Taha El Shazly (as Mohamed Imam)
Youseff Daoud ...
Fekry Abdel Shaheed
Talaat Zakaria ...
Bar Owner
Yehia El-Fakharany ...


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 <>

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A Masterpiece!!!
24 June 2006 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

Omaret Yakobean is my new favorite movie because well everything about it is done perfectly, as in acting, music, storyline, characters... Also, it tackles so many issues and problems in the Egyptian society from corruption, to prostitution to homosexuality to many other things, things that the Egyptian cinema has been too conservative, or "shy" to handle because they are all taboo. But no! this movie tackles all these issues in an upfront and honest, yet classy and sophisticated way. However I have to point out that Mohammad Imam's performance was somewhat shaky, but he overall gave an OK performance for his first movie. On the whole, this movie is a breakthrough for the Egyptian cinema and in my opinion the best movie ever made in the history of the Arab cinema. Hopefully, more movies of that genre will be made in the future because every second of that movie was entertaining in every aspect and i was enjoying it until the very last second, and i even didn't want it to finish.this movie is just BEAUTIFUL!!!

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