The Night of Counting the Years

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When a tribal chieftain dies, his two sons are taken to a secret tomb containing entire family dynasties of mummies and artifacts. One son who feels the plunder is sacrilegious is murdered, leading his younger brother to pinpoint the location of the tomb for the interested authorities.


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  • Every conversation is layered in levels of status and respect and power, even when the youth rebels against the traditions of the elders ...

    Jun 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night of Counting the Years

Oppressively somber, but absolutely gorgeous, with some important things to say about collective identity and loyalty. Steeped in just the right amount of intrigue, crime and death, Al-Mummia can be difficult to follow, and its complete lack of warmth probably won't be landing it on any favorites lists any time soon. I thought it was a fascinating, original sociological piece, though; it has a relationship with the tomb-robber tribe that is both intimate and distant, critical and nonjudgmental, at the same time. Combined with cinematography and mise-en-scene that is almost too lush to believe, and you have a really significant piece of Egyptian cinema. Martin Scorsese picked a great film to restore.

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