The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)


The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean) (2006)



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


Critic Reviews for The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Rich and imposing.

Dec 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address.

Dec 8, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

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

May 2, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Feb 1, 2008 | Full Review…

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
Chihoe Ho

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