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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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I have witnessed a masterpiece
20 June 2006 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

This movie is no different from any other Oscar winning film. What I have witnessed is far beyond any Egyptian movie. This film has successfully captured all of the dysfunctional aspects of Egyptian society, squeezed taboos to the last drop, and left the audience laughing from the heart. I expected it to be good but not this good it's amazing go watch it, support decent movies for a change. 3 hours but couldn't keep my eyes off of it. I'm really hoping that this film wins an Oscar to show Egyptian film makers that hard work does pay off. Films like zay elhawa and elghawas should not be in theaters, unless products contain effort, the audience should not have to put up with it.


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