Away from preying eyes, a young unmarried couple retreat to the depth of a desolate run-down Egyptian seaside resort, to make love. The power dynamic between them is tested, when the girl reveals she wants their relationship to end.
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Cannes #2019 No.2: Asphxiatingly ash-gray like desolate ruins in Egyptian run-down, "Fakh" depicts insecurely amorphous relationship between belligerent man and submissive woman. From tender to ominous, from vomitting to heartrending, dir. Riyadh changes its atmosphere flexibly with social-realist eyes. It's very devastating to see sexism full of dust and shades still exist in Egypt (or the world). A powerfull short.
Powerful even though sickening. From the rat-infested "love nest" to the smell of fear throughout this short. Stomach-gripping realism about the dangers that women face from closed ones. Between rock and a hard place with damaging consequences brought by men with toxic egos and a false sence of honor.