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Chaos, This Is (2007)

Heya fawda (original title)
Egyptian movie deals with the issue of corruption in Egypt and the Egyptian police excesses, embodies all of this in the character of the police officer, "Hatem".
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Credited cast:
Youssef El Sherif ...
Amr Abdel Gelil ...
Dorra Zarrouk ...
Abdullah Mosharraf
School Teacher
Safwa ...
Maher Salim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmed Fouad Selim


Choubra, cosmopolitan neighborhood of Cairo. Hatem, maggoty police officer, handles this neighborhood with an iron hand. Every single citizen fears and hates him. Only Nour, a young woman he lusts after, dares stand up to him. But Nour is secretly in love with Cherif, brilliant and uncorrupted deputy public prosecutor. Green with envy, Hatem comes between. He wants Nour for himself. He whipsaws her and turns her life into a nightmare. The story of a frustrated love like Choubra experiences some since the mists of time. Written by Hassan Said

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28 November 2007 (Egypt)  »

Also Known As:

Chaos, This Is  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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English title: Chaos
4 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Cannes Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award winner and longtime Egyptian director Youseff Chahine was in ill health toward the end of the filming of this picture thus the credit for Khaled Youssef as an additional director. The story takes place in modern day Cairo in a lower to middle class part of town called Shubra. Hatem (Khaled Saleh) is a tormented, sadistic, corrupt policeman who has the run of the local police station and the neighborhood. His weakness is an unrequited love for his neighbor, the beautiful Nour (Mena Shalaby). Nour is a schoolteacher at a nearby school and has her own unrequited love going for the handsome and kind District Attorney Sheriff (Youssef El Sheriff). Sheriff is unhappily in love with the beautiful Sylvia (Dorra Zarrouk) who is a drug taking, night clubbing, living in the fast lane, westernized opposite attraction to the straight-laced Sheriff. Nour shares an apartment with her mother Bahi (Hala Fakir) but also shares a mother-daughter relationship with her headmistress, the still beautiful Wedad (Hala Sedky) who is also Sheriff's mother. Wedad and Bahi share Nour's desire that someday Sheriff will drop Sylvia and marry Nour. It's a great cast with Khaled Saleh in a great screen role as the villainous and brutal Hatem. The Screenplay by Nasser Abdel Rahman is a little implausible at times but the over-the top story, direction and music seem to work. Cinematography by Ramsis Marzouk, Editing by Ghanda Ezz El Din and Music by Yasser Abdel Rahman. This plays well to a western audience and there are some nicely woven comedic moments to the film's dark and sobering moments. I would recommend this and give it an 8.0 out of 10.

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