Juliette is a Canadian magazine editor who arrives in Cairo for a vacation with her husband, a UN official working in Gaza. Delayed, her husband asks his friend, a handsome Egyptian named Tareq, to watch over her. Juliette finds herself falling in love not only with the city but with Tareq.
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A really strong and interesting film. Coming in I had expectations of something generic but I wanted to see Patricia Clarkson in a leading role. I was damn surprised to find this to be a subtly and eloquently beautiful film. Stand-outs: Cinematography, directing, Patricia Clarkson. I recommend it to anyone looking for a light but beautiful and interesting story.
It's like Lost in Translation by a less competent director. Ruba Nadda tells Cairo Time like a tourist, which has its perks, but ultimately, it's clear that she doesn't know very much about Cairo. It's almost laughable how inaccurate some of the things she makes Tariq say are. Nevertheless, this is worth it for the performances of Clarkson & Siddig. The photography isn't half-bad either.
Egypt shimmers in Cairo Time. Cairo's sprawling bustle ebbs like a desert oasis in a romantic tryst that quietly develops between Juliette and Taureq her husband's guide and a cafe owner. Juliette arrives like gentle breeze to an unfamiliar place filled with soulful song from Umm Kulthum and a muezzin's call to prayer. Her absent husband working remotely kindles a new spark. Both Clarkson and Siddig shine in film.
Even though I saw this months ago, it sticks in my head. While the story is a little weak, the cinematography is gorgeous, Alexander Siddig is mesmerizing, and the score is divine. I always warn people to not think in terms of typical Hollywood style romances when watching this. It works best on a symbolic level.