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Scheherazade Tell Me a Story (2011)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Cairo, today. Hebba, a television show host, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. He is led to believe by the party leaders, that his wife's constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

Lively, swift, vibrantly colorful and for the most part wonderfully acted, the film is slyly aware of the daytime talk show as a vehicle for women's concerns.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Nasrallah's artistry is ultimately incapable of matching his narrative's social significance.

August 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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"Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story" is a powerful indictment of misogyny that overturns stereotypes about Egypt through the dramatic stories women recount on a television show.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Together with scribe Waheed Hamed, helmer Yousry Nasrallah presents women's sexuality as an expression of self-determination, making clear the parallels with an ever-degenerating political system.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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An urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A scathing update of the Thousand And One Nights classic of a queen's bid to stay alive through unique female survival instincts linked to the gift of gab. And a film that was surely a political prophesy, of the historic Tahrir Square uprisings to come.

August 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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A clarion call for the Middle East to emerge from the Middle Ages!

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Scheherazade brims with faith in storytelling as art's great way of lifting society's veils.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Read in terms of a pure melodrama the movie is wrenching.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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