MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,247 this week

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

 -  Drama  -  21 June 2006 (Egypt)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 3,387 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 21 critic

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 46 titles
created 09 May 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Sep 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Yacoubian Building (2006)

The Yacoubian Building (2006) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Yacoubian Building.
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl seeks help in a stranger to convince her strict father she got married in secret so as not to be forced into and arranged marriage

Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Lotfy Labib, Menna Shalabi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A Christian kid suddenly is forced to go to a public school after his father dies and because of a misunderstanding everyone thinks that he's a Muslim.

Director: Amr Salama
Stars: Ahmed Helmy, Hani Adel, Kinda Allouch
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film story revolves around a taxi driver who has a son and a friend. His sons grandfather is fighting for the custody of the young boy after the death of his mother. The father wins the... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Dina Fuad
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An aimless young man with no ambition is cursed by his little sister. His attempts to free himself of the curse take him on a journey that teaches him many lessons.

Director: Amr Salama
Stars: Ahmed Helmy, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Edward
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, Maya Nasry
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of Dr. Yehia, a psychotherapist at Al Abbasia hospital. He works in the department treating the criminally insane, only to find his best friend to be one of the patients. Trying ... See full summary »

Director: Marwan Hamed
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Khaled El Sawy, Nelly Karim
Destiny (1997)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Khaled Marei
Stars: Ahmed Helmy, Menna Shalabi, Mahmoud Hemida
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In their very early age of innocence, a young boy and his neighboring girl, the two kids growing up in the same tangled allies and dark narrow paths of one of all time Cairo's many ... See full summary »

Director: Marwan Hamed
Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Hend Sabri, Amr Waked
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Imam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts ... See full summary »

Director: Rami Imam
Stars: Adel Imam, Omar Sharif, Lebleba
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sherif is an Egyptian petroleum engineer who works in Dubai for more than 20 years. He lives an empty life full of money and women. After a lot of relations with different kinds of women, ... See full summary »

Director: Amr Arafa
Stars: Adel Imam, Dalia El Behairy, Ahmed Rateb
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Morgan, who is an uneducated very rich man, is used to buy everything he wants. Now the one thing we wants is a college certificate which he seeks to buy.

Director: Ali Idrees
Stars: Adel Imam, Mervat Amin, Basma
Edit

Cast

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
...
Abd Raboh
Mohamed Emam ...
Taha El Shazly (as Mohamed Imam)
Youseff Daoud ...
Fekry Abdel Shaheed
Talaat Zakaria ...
Bar Owner
Yehia El-Fakharany ...
Narrator
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

21 June 2006 (Egypt)  »

Also Known As:

The Yacoubian Building  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

EGP 18,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

LA Foule
Written by 'Michel Rivgauche'
Performed by 'Édith Piaf'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the most watchable Egyptian Movies
29 October 2006 | by (England, UK) – See all my reviews

This excellent black drama is a must see despite its nearly three-hour running time, the movie is one of the most watchable and enjoyable pieces of art in Egyptian Cinema.

I didn't read the story before seeing that controversial movie, so I had low expectations. But despite that, got hooked as early as the quality intro that takes you smoothly through an enjoyable ride to discover the background behind that nostalgic building in central Cairo through a Sepia short clip.

The film is an artistic black drama which is full of cultural and political symbolism if you read carefully between the lines, my interpretation is that the building is a clear symbol of the country itself and how it transformed dramatically from the nostalgic early days of the 40s till the present day, shedding light on the price that the Egyptian society had to pay during that rough trip, and how the society has clear double standards that everyone is trying to ignore.

Every side story evolves in a different direction and involves controversial characters who are linked only by the same building (society) in someway or the other, the different stories are interweaves in an artistic way to dramatise different controversial issues and taboos from adultery, political corruption, homosexuality to Islamic fundamentalism.

The movie has a general sad feel around it especially for anyone who lived in Egypt as it touches on the deterioration and many negative issues that are becoming more and more the norm in most Egyptian society levels that was once a conservative and religious society. It is strong wakeup call to those who love their country to stop burying their heads in the sand when it comes to double standards that's affecting everyone in the society making everyone feel inferior to the country. The story will make you think deeply about how and why a country like Egypt could end up where it is today.

The cinematography, steady cams, crane camera movement is brilliant, the smooth cuts and soft transitions boosts the romantic dimension of the storyline. As expected, the music score by Khaled Hammad is expressive, romantic and adds a lot of depth to many scenes. The tempo of the movie is just right, giving enough time for actors to express their feelings through longer than usual shots that will never leave you bored. Action scenes are also very well done.

A must see piece of art for anyone who is living or used to live in Egypt.


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a homophobic backward, medieval culture. dharnold-1
The french lady medoshokry
What is ur Opinions in Nour El Sherif and Somaya El Khashab? labititomaged-1
Vote for you actor and Good Luck for our corrupted cinema industry Mahmoud-Rashed
Good Luck Mahmoud-Rashed
film better than book zeinabs
Discuss The Yacoubian Building (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?