This is a very subtle film set in beautiful Cairo, full of simmering sexual tension and a subtext exploring differing cultural mores. A satisfying film which could have been enhanced further by an even deeper treatment of the subject matter.
A pretty thin storyline depending greatly on the beautiful side and sites of Cairo to save it. Unfortunately they don't. Good acting by all but just a little too subtle for my liking.
The influence of 'Brief Encounter' lingers on, here set in Cairo and with an age gap between the potential lovers. The exotic setting emphasises the always lovely Patricia Clarkson's touching confusion and bewilderment. Slight but sweet.
Loved this movie. Tugged at my heart strings. The scenery was breathtaking. I want to go to Cairo now.
I am slighly biased because I just adore anything that Patricia Clarkson does. Not a lot happens in this movie, and it reminds me somewhat of Before Sunset. It has a real sense of place, a sense of quiet desperation in the main character - the depth that Patricia brings is, as usual, understated and unsurpassed. Highly recommended!
Great scenery - but a terrible movie :(
Beautiful scenery and cinematography - predictable story
Slow moving, disjointed, thin storyline, Great shots of Cairo.
If the action in this movie was any slower it would STOP. There is no drama and the romance is hardly noticable. Not the worst movie I have ever seen but close to it!
It's Hot,It's Steamy It's a Great Trip from the comfort of your own Lounge ..step inside Cairo and be immersed in come fine acting and a little of lost in translation..Patricia Clarkson is Fantastic
Loved the scenes of Cairo and the feel of the city. The director said she was trying to make a film in the style of old Hollywood and she succeeded in that it has great costumes and slow adult dialogue. Bit slower than i thought it would be.
A very 'slow' film, a non eventful romance between a lonely Wife waiting for her Husband to join her in Cairo and the good looking man that was sent to look after her until he arrived. The beautiful scenery of the pyramids is the best part of the whole movie. Very disappointing.
One for the scenery. thats it!
This movie was unbelievably boring. The characters were so one-dimensional that I could not engage with them at all. Nothing really happened, nothing was revealed about anyone, even the pyramids losts their lustre because the movie was so bland. Let's just say that for the whole movie I was on the edge of my sleep!
Boring. Not even the scenary saved this film and the wardrobe chocies were almost offensive. Didnt buy the New York sophicated lady wearing such inappropriate (and truly unsophisticated wardrobe in any event) clothing in a Muslim country. Moreover, the lead character, who I normally like as an actress was irritating and a bit pathetic.
I agree with the comments of eddie & lainie. A love story for the movie buffs. 2 ordinary people of different cultures meet in unusual circumstances and form a gentle sensual relationship coupled with resistance and restraint . Be patient a suttle slow build up is necessary to get to know the 2 main characters beautiful acted by Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig ( great chemistry and both north of 40 years old which is good to see.) Expect a long tour and exploration of Cairo a city of beauty and poverty. Quality direction. A good nights entertainment
What do people mean, nothing happened! Everything happened, life happened - it usually just happens slowly. Beautifully filmed, beautifully acted, it is a very subtle film. It isn't the typical movie that is churned out these days and that is what makes it so enjoyable. A film for adults with taste.
Patricia Clarkson is a very good actress but her talent was wasted in this film. Noit much of a story line but the scenery was lovely.
A thoroughly satisfying movie - slow paced yet rich in culture, ensuring the viewer takes in the nuances and subtleties of a fledgling romance. Beautiful and refreshingly sexless!
this was a film about absolutely nothing, where absolutely nothing happened. zero stars! It was awful.
Although some of the scenes and information used isn't true to life, not a bad story and keeps you amused.
If you don't need lots of high adrenalin action and special effects in your movies, but rather a good story that slowly reels you in, then you may enjoy this one. The 2 main actors are wonderful, and the third element - Cairo - is very effective. It is a little like Bridges of Madisan County but I think I enjoyed this one more.
I loved this film; the relationship between the two protagonists was respectful and measured and never schmaltzy. But the real star of the movie was Cairo itself - it is a fascinating city and I am going there to visit. I nearly cried when I saw the pyramids lit up at night. See this film at night with a glass of wine
This movie was not what I thought it would be - very slow - nothing happened but long meaningful looks - very boring - I even had a cat nap during it and did not want to find out what I had missed - nothins
In part little more than a showcase for Cairo: beautiful, chaotic and unsettling. Mostly very slow, comprising short vignettes with neither introduction nor conclusion. Yet the central characters are interesting and seem very real. It is both easy and painful to identify with a western woman out of her comfort zone, feeling lonely and vulnerable thrown into an Arab environment. Much is conveyed by looks rather words. The woman carries the story and she and the views of Cairo and surrounds are the redeeming features of the movie.
Exquisite and understated, reminiscent of 'old Hollywood'. The two leads are convincing and mesmerising.
Don't waste your time...even if you do see it through to the end...you'll be asking what was that ?!!
We only watched it for the scenery - the pyramids and Cairo !
Best to just turn off the volume... you won't be missing anything worthwhile..