Cairo Time (2010)



Critic Consensus: Though potentially too slowly paced for some, Cairo Time lingers long after the closing credits, largely due to a wonderful performance by Patricia Clarkson.

Movie Info

Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a magazine editor, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman. It … More

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Ruba Nadda
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
Box Office: $1.6M
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as Propositioning Man

as Shoe Shopkeeper

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as Abu Hamedi

as Caucasian Man

as Italian Man

as Italian Woman

as Winking Arab Man

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as Israeli Soldier

as Young Chambermaid

as Young Carpet Weaver

as Israeli Officer

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as Young Blushing Girl

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as Carpet Shop Owner

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Critic Reviews for Cairo Time

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (25)

The lovely twilit moments in this movie stay with one, and that summoning them up in your mind is like slowing down time.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Clarkson lights up Ruba Nadda's stately drama Cairo Time like the moon on a summer night, making every moment luminous with quiet, resigned longing.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What it has going for it, however, is a strong performance from Clarkson, who has become one of the more reliable character actors in independent film.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Confirms two things that hardly need confirming: The Egyptian capital is a breathtaking metropolis, and Patricia Clarkson is one of the best actors in the world.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Cairo Time proves hard to resist, the film's familiarity gradually giving way to a playfulness that feels new to the impossible-love subset of bourgeois melodrama.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Cairo Time: Take the time to see it.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cairo Time

A tasteful and engaging romantic drama, A beautifully crafted piece of work that shines with wonderful character development and gorgeous scenery. A stunning, mature and wonderfully romantic film. Director, Ruba Nadda crafts a remarkably adult love story that hits all the right notes and leaves on an open note that anything could happen. Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig are outstanding, their chemistry is just golden. A gem of a film. A well-produced Canadian picture.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Fancy a little trip abroad? You could do worst than this sweet gem about an American woman who gets to see Cairo through the eyes of the people who live there. At first I thought it moved slowly. By the time I realised that, no, I was watching too fast, it was over and, like any good vacation, over too quickly. The leads submit intelligent, nuanced, adult performances and the experience should resonate for some time. And then you go to the Pyramids.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Nice movie. Nothing too exciting.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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