Fi shaket Masr El Gedeeda (2007) Poster

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It's what's missing...
Tesss22 July 2008
This is a great romantic film that touches your heart in a delicate manner unlike most other modern-day Egyptian movies. It is the collaborative work of the renowned director, Muhammad Khan, and his wife, the scenarist, Wisam Sulaiman. The love relationship of the newly married couple (director and screenwriter) reflects beautifully in the above film.

The film is the story of Nagwa, a beautiful shy woman in her late 20s, who travels from her hometown, Al-Minya, to Cairo (the capital city of Egypt) for the first time in her life only to look for her beloved childhood teacher, Tahany. Teacher Tahany had inspired Nagwa and her classmates in a nuns' school, a long time ago, with her talks about love and love songs. She (the teacher) was later kicked out of the school because of her alleged bad influence on children. For many years, Nagwa keeps in touch with her teacher through letters (conventional handwritten letters, not emails - you know, the ones people used to send by post!).

Nagwa arrives in Cairo only to find that her childhood teacher mysteriously disappeared from her flat in Masr El-Gideeda (Heliopolis - a large leafy suburb in Cairo), which is now occupied by a new tenant, Yahya, a handsome, practical, busy young man who works in the stock market. An interesting chain of events take place that result in Nagwa missing her train trip (back to her hometown) at least a couple of times and prevent her from returning with her colleagues as previously planned. A story gently evolves between Nagwa and Yahya, two characters who live in totally different worlds.

Throughout the film we listen to good old love songs of Layla Murad and Umm Kalthoum, and the beautiful piano music of Tamer Karawan. We hear the love stories and dreams of the young and old characters in the film.

The film is a 'cleansing' and refreshing experience - a temporal recovery from all the rubbish, violence and cheap material we are bombarded with on the silver screen. It is definitely one of those movies that will stay in your memory for a long time after you watch it, and you will be compelled to watch it again and again.

In modern standards, this is not your usual romantic movie. We don't see the typical love scenes, not even kisses! In fact, the only intimate 'bedroom' scenes in the film are for Yahya and a colleague of his, who used to drop by at his apartment, and with which he had no love relationship!

If you're after nudity or action, this film is not for you.

The script is in Arabic (Egyptian dialect). DVDs (at least the one I bought) will usually have subtitles in English and (possibly) other languages.
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Amazing Movie
BaTresYa Baty30 March 2008
The moment I saw Mohamed Khan's name I knew that the movie going to be amazing. The movie is all about love and people who still believe in love and how the place could take about the people who lived in. People could believe in love without even fall in. They could even live to find it.

The" music" is what I rally liked, it could make me cry .Ghada Adel is meant to act that movie with her angel face. The only problem in this movie is whether you like it very much or not. If you believe in love and destiny you have to watch this movie. I'm so glad that we have a movie like this in our cinema history.
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Simple, yet amazing!
a_elokr26 August 2008
Well, from the very first moment the movie goes smooth and relieving! i like the fact that "Tahany" was the symbol of love.. As well, for all the previous movies we see before, when a train leave it means chance for love has left...but here it is definitely the opposite! Just gotta watch it, and appreciate simple love! I think Khan used "Masr el Gedida" as an image for Egypt nowadays, and how love has turned into an old fashioned trend. What an amazing choice of the old Arabic song "Alby Daleely" (My Heart is my guide"...She followed her heart all over the movie to finally reach for love. Khaled Abou ElNaga is definitely perfect for the role, with a non-dramatic acting style. Ghada Adel did an amazing role of a southern girl, lost in the disturbing life of Cairo and looking for love. And didn't we all loved Mrs. Tahany though we didn't even see her?! We have to raise a hat for Khan for such a movie.
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