Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Clarkson, Siddig and Egypt share the screen in Ruba Nadda's lovely CAIRO TIME
CAIRO TIME of the title) while it alternately surprises, soothes and shakes you up. But quietly. Young people will need to be awfully mature to appreciate this film, though it was made by one of them: Ruba Nadda, shown below, a Canadian writer/director with middle-eastern roots who is still in her 30s. To reap the full benefits of the film, you must be willing to enter the soul of the protagonist, a happily-married, middle-aged woman (Patricia Clarkson) arriving in Egypt for a vacation with her husband (employed by the United Nations and posted in Cairo).
Alexander Siddig (from Syriana, The Nativity Story and The Last Legion) possesses all these qualities, too. He's a gorgeous man: beautiful, bright, reticent and witty. What a pair they make, and their story, as it flows quietly along with an occasional up or down, entrances. Mr. Siddig plays the recently-retired assistant of Clarkson's husband, the latter suddenly stuck in Palestine due to an "incident." Siddig (shown two photos below) has been asked to squire Clarkson (shown just below) around the city and cater to her needs until hubby returns.
Elena Anaya (last seen here in Hierro, part of the 2009 FSLC's Spanish Cinema Now series) stands out. But the movie belongs to Clarkson and Siddig (and to Ms Nadda).
IFC Center, and will be simultaneously available, as well, via IFC On-Demand. (Though if you do not have a large, wide-screen TV, the movie theater is the way to see this one.) Click here to determine of your area of the country has access to IFC On Demand.