The Aquarium (2008)
"Genenet al asmak" (original title)

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A 48-hour journey into Modern Cairo following the parallel lives of Youssef and Leila.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laila (as Hend Sabri)
Gamil Ratib ...
Youssef's Father
Samah Anwar ...
Ahmed Al Fishawy ...
Amr (as Ahmed El Fichawy)
Menha Batraoui ...
Laila's Mother (as Menha El Batraoui)
Tamim Abdou ...
Dorra Zarrouk ...
Hamada Kouta ...
Salwa Mohamed Ali
Tarek Mandour ...
Asser Yassine
Marwa El Sawi ...
Dounya Massoud
Ezzat Ibrahim ...
Mohamed Farouk
Nael Ali ...
Amr Fikry


A 48-hour journey into Modern Cairo following the parallel lives of Youssef and Leila.

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Release Date:

26 March 2008 (Egypt)  »

Also Known As:

The Aquarium  »

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A Failed Experimentation With Realism
23 March 2008 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

I was one of the "fortunate" people that got the chance to watch this movie on its premier last night...

The main reason why I checked this movie out, despite my lack of fondness towards most of its actors, was to see what Nasrallah had to offer after the fantastic "Bab el-shams", and also to see if he had changed his old ways of weirdness and incomprehensible "artistic views". Also I wanted to see what Abdel-Rahmane is made of after watching his previous works, Chahine's mediocre "Heya fawda" and Khaled's dreadfully terrible "Heena maysara", knowing how these directors slaughter his scripts, I was trying to locate his true identity among the three movies, and I think I found a little glimpse of his potential among them that could blossom if he were to stop being bullied by the directors and made them stick to his original script.

This movie takes a stab at realism with some elements of expressionism, with long useless scenes and silences with some "artistic views" and hidden messages within the details, a blend that quite frankly, didn't work out quite well...

This movie is not for everyone, it will definitely flop at the box office for 2 reasons, one is the cast of the film, non of them appeals to the public, non of them would make you leave the comfort of your couch to go watch it at the theaters, the second reason being the film's quality itself, I doubt anyone who'd watch this movie would go out and recommend it to others, after all, Nasrallah himself said, and I'm quoting, that this film was not made to be comprehended in this lifetime, it'll be appreciated 20 year from now...

The only good thing about this film was the cinematography, which wasn't exactly mind blowing, but it was decent, plus the effort put into trying something new gives it some extra points for the adventurous spirit of the film's crew, and for the obvious skills of Nasrallah as a director.

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