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El Akhar (1999)

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Hanane
... Adam
Nabila Ebeid ... Margaret
... Khalil (as Mahmoud Hemida)
... Baheyya
Hassan Abdel Hamid ... Dr. Maher
Ezzat Abou Aouf ... Dr. Essam
Ahmed Fouad Selim ... Ahmed
Amr Saad ... Omar
Ahmed Wafik ... Fathallab
Edward Said ... Himself
Hamdine Sabahi ... Chief editor
Tamer Samir ... Morcy
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Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive for money rules. Adam (Hani Salama), the son of a rich businessman and his American wife, meets Hanane (Hanane Turk), a journalist of modest means at the airport on his return from his studies in the US. She is part of a campaign against a wealthy elite, which has thrived on plundering its own people. They fall in love and get married. Corruption is everywhere in the country and American interests are taking over the lucrative tourist trade. Adam's rich parents and their friends in the government are at the heart of this corrupt system. Adam's mother, Margaret (Nabila Ebeid), nourishes a strange affection for her son. She is possessive to the point of violence and is ready to get rid of Hanane, whom she considers her rival. Adam turns against the global economy of which his parents are the perfect ... Written by ahmedzain

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It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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Adam we Hanan
Written by Gamal Békhit
composed by Farouk El Sharnouby
Performed by Majida El Roumi
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A tacky soap opera not worthy of its pedigree

Twenty minutes after screening L'AUTRE at a film festival lately, I lost all hope it could be viewed as a serious film and began to see it for what it is- a tacky melodrama. More cliches are impossible to fit in (cyberspace, terrorism, Oedipus complexes, the works). If this is what Egyptian filmmaking is like, Mexican telenovelas are a a refined art form with nuanced acting. Worth seeing if only for the SHOCKING appalling experience of what passes off as brilliant filmmaking in North Africa. A total disgrace to the art form, and a total disgrace to Egypt, which has contributed too much to world culture to let this travesty represent the the state of its cinematic arts.


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