The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean) (2006)


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Movie Info

This epic drama tackles controversial issues, including the taboo of homosexuality, while exploring the lives of tenants in a Cairo apartment building.

Rating: Unrated (violence, language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Jan 29, 2008
Bac Films - Official Site


as Zaki Pasha

as Christine

as Haj Azzam

as Bosnaina

as Rasheed Hatem

as Taha El-Shazli
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Critic Reviews for The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)

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Rich and imposing.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
Boston Globe
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At more than 2 1/2 hours, The Yacoubian Building is nothing if not long. But it's a window into a culture that few of us get to see.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2006
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It's a bold film for an Arabic country.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[A] swoony romantic sheen...threatens to downgrade the endeavor from ethnographic document to lifestyle porn with a heavily moralistic edge.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)


While it was commendable how the film stuck closely with the important themes of sexuality, religion and politics as in the novel, it was less subtle in the treatment of them, almost to the point I felt like it had changed the meaning of what the novel had implied. This was especially so in the portrayal of the gay character. The movie did run on longer than it should have, but the acting was decent and the depiction of what was the Egyptian way of life was insightful.

Chihoe Ho

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