The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean) (2006)
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The lives and loves of a handful of Egyptian aristocrats -- some flush, others living in shabby gentility -- set the stage for this epic-scale drama, based on a best-selling Egyptian novel. The Yacoubian is a luxury apartment building which was built in Cairo in the late '30s. At the dawn of the 21st century, the Yacoubian still has charm and a reputation for elegance, but is beginning to show clear signs of decay, and the rooftop laundry facilities now double as flats for the less fortunate.
Apr 27, 2006 Wide
Jan 29, 2008
Bac Films - Official Site
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This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address.
The Yacoubian Building distinguishes itself both as the most expensive Egyptian film ever made and, despite its nearly three-hour running time, one of the most watchable.
[A] swoony romantic sheen...threatens to downgrade the endeavor from ethnographic document to lifestyle porn with a heavily moralistic edge.
The Yacoubian Building is a flawed, yet ultimately illuminating film worth seeing.
A revelatory slice of secular life in downtown, modern-day Cairo... like an Egyptian Tales From the City, soapy with communal taboos in each of its entwined scenarios... enlightening and articulate...
A grand and soapy experience set in the fading glory of apartments meant for a better time and place.
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