Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute turns into a more complicated case involving the very elite of Egypt.
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Strong characters that are wonderfully restrained, a soup-like melancholia not dissimilar to Blade Runner and superb lensing make The Nile Hilton Incident a joy to watch and immediately immersive. This is a mature take on everyday corruption as told through eyes that live with it everyday. 4 stars
DONT MISS IT ! Tarik SALEH loves MELVILLE, POLANSKI, FRIEDKIN, KUROSAWA & JOON-HO and delivers a dark, captivating and deeply nihilistic thriller of a dangerous and corrupt country. Awarded at Sundance and Beaune. === Tarik SALEH aime MELVILLE POLANSKI, FRIEDKIN, KUROSAWA & JOON-HO et envoie du lourd avec ce polar captivant et profondément nihiliste d'un pays dangereux & corrompu. Grand Prix à Sundance et à Beaune.
Our protagonist is the perfect embodiment of the business as usual mentality permeating through law enforcement, and it takes only a couple of minutes to understand that his comeuppance is all but inevitable. The pressure builds beautifully to the Egyptian Revolution, which feels like both a release and, in vein of the best noirs, a daunting twist of fate.
Great setting and initial crime movie plot, but fades into a loop of bland events that make you wonder how much of the movie is left. Along the storyline, the movie poorly introduces new characters, chiseling them on a half-measure note. The final part lacks the concrete conclusion that the rest of the movie needed.
Some of the locations are very well chosen. Shooting in the real downtown streets is so credible.
However, It's hard for me as an Egyptian watching this to accept the wrong accent, events and so many other distracting mistakes.
Also, the cast is so weird, including the main character. And why brining so many actors and actresses who are not nailing the Egyptian accent for very short un effective scenes ?
Le Caire confidentiel est effectivement un polar poisseux, âpre, dont la force est de nous dévoiler un monde sans morale aucune. Derrière Fares Fares c'est toutes les compromissions de l'Egypte qui s'accumulent ici. Malgré ses piètres qualités cinématographiques, sa torpeur, c'est le contexte, ce Caire interlope qui fascine et qui donne à l'ensemble une différence intéressante. Ca ne suffit pas.
Film noir désespéré, Le Caire Confidentiel s'enfonce progressivement dans le chaos révolutionnaire qui saisit le pays. Une enquête impossible saisissante. Chronique à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/caire-confidentiel-thriller-chaotique