The Yacoubian Building in Cairo, built in 1934 and named after the leader of the Armenian community, was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Based on a highly popular novel by Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswani, this film portrays episodes in the lives of the people who live here.
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My first Egyptian film (ironic, considering I've been to Egypt). I found it enjoyable enough but feel it would be a story better told as a mini-series or television show.
A lot of confronting and controversial issues are touched upon but overall, the exploration of these topics lacked depth.
The most daring and confronting Egyptian film I have seen (apart from 1971's Adrift on the Nile). To see homosexuality depicted (somewhat) sympathetically in a film starring some of Egypt's most famous stars was a revelation. This film, and the book it was based on, were hugely successful in Egypt. I am quite amazed that neither were banned - perhaps a glimmer of hope that society there is opening up a little?