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City of Life (2009)

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 »

Director:

Ali F. Mostafa

Writers:

Jonny Brown (screenplay), Ali F. Mostafa (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Natalia Moldovan
Sonu Sood ... Basu / Peter Patel
Saoud Al Kaabi Saoud Al Kaabi ... Faisal
Jason Flemyng ... Guy Berger
Natalie Dormer ... Olga
Yassin Alsalman Yassin Alsalman ... Khalfan (as Yassin 'The Narcisyst' Alsalman)
Ahmed Ahmed ... Nasser
Javed Jaffrey ... Mr. Khan (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
Susan George ... Constance
Habib Ghuloom Habib Ghuloom ... Faisal's Father
Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah ... Rashid
Saleh Al Dhahiri Saleh Al Dhahiri ... Abdul
Har Taimor Har Taimor ... Abdul's Brother
Nitin Mirani Nitin Mirani ... Kashmiri Cabbie
Abdulaziz Al Kaabi 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

Arabic | English | Hindi

Release Date:

23 September 2010 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Dubai álmok See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Afmfilms,FilmWorks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

References Khoya Khoya Chand (2007) See more »

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Get Me Out
Performed by Jonas Desai
Produced by Reiner Erlings
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Delivers
23 October 2010 | by seententhsSee 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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