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Time Out says

This excellent first feature from Youssef Chahine's production company is set during the Gulf War and analyses the descent into fundamentalist behaviour of a young Cairo truant. His lone mother, a cleaner, tries hard to keep the boy on the right path, but struggles to afford the extra fees demanded by his teacher, and hopes he won't realise their friendly neighbour is a prostitute. For his part, he tries to keep his mum in the dark about his new friend's identity (he's a street vendor) and the tuition he's receiving at a fundamentalist mosque. Despite an aura of tragic inevitability, this picture of how victims can be produced by poverty, irreconcilable conflicts between traditionalism and modernity, and unresolved psycho-sexual passions brewed in families with absent male figures, displays fine observation, expressive location work and gently nurtured performances.
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Release Details

  • Duration:105 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Atef Hetata
  • Screenwriter:Atef Hetata
  • Cast:
    • Mahmoud Hemida
    • Sawsan Badr
    • Ahmed Azmi
    • Manal Afifi
    • Ahmed Fouad Selim
    • Seif Abdel Rahman
    • Salwa Mohamed Ali
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