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City of Life (2009)

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A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart friend; a disillusioned Indian taxi driver who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous ... See full summary »

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Natalia Moldovan
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Basu / Peter Patel
Saoud Al Kaabi ...
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Guy Berger
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Khalfan (as Yassin 'The Narcisyst' Alsalman)
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Nasser
Javed Jaffrey ...
Mr. Khan (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
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Constance
Habib Ghuloom ...
Faisal's Father
Ahmed Abdullah ...
Rashid
Saleh Al Dhahiri ...
Abdul
Har Taimor ...
Abdul's Brother
Nitin Mirani ...
Kashmiri Cabbie
Abdulaziz Al Kaabi ...
Rich Friend 2 (as Abdal Aziz Al Kaabi)
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A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart friend; a disillusioned Indian taxi driver who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous Bollywood star; and a former Romanian ballet dancer now working as a flight attendant and searching for love and companionship ... these individuals all live in Dubai and their lives are about to collide for better or for worse in a city where ambition, growth and opportunity are encouraged and dreams can still manifest. "City of Life" is an urban drama that tracks the various intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining how random interactions and their consequences can irrevocably impact another's life. As the name suggests, City of Life's inordinately humane kaleidoscope of converging experiences introduces a city that is in itself a living pulsating character. "City of Life" ultimately reveals how unexpected tragedy and loss can lead to hope and profound transformation as it explores and ... Written by Tanya Wagner

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Every day you can change another persons life without ever knowing it.

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23 September 2010 (Kuwait)  »

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Dubai álmok  »

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Natalia is from Bucharest. Alexandra Maria Lara, who plays Natalia, was born in Bucharest. See more »

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23 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arab film fest DC. To my surprise there's an Emirati movie with a not so bad blurb. Decide to go check it out, hoping it's not clichéd or derivative.

In short, movie was really really good. I was pretty much glued to the screen. Script was very smart and intertwined 3 story lines, and while it felt slightly forced in some parts it wasn't distracting. Cinematography was great, humor was intact and soundtrack for the most part was on key.

As a Kuwaiti that grew up in the US, then lived in the UAE and Kuwait, only to come back to the US I feel very drawn to this movie. I actually feel this movie was made for my generation of English-as-a-first-language Arabs. Was very impressed, and glad that I went. While I wouldn't say this movie redefines cinema, it definitely shines as a stand alone title with enough originality to inspire future attempts from the Gulf.

Highly recommended.


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