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Karim and Hebba are a young married and loving couple. Both have great careers. Karim is just about to be appointed as editor-in-chief of the greatest governmental newspaper. Hebba is the hostess of much appreciated TV programs about female victims, e.g. daughters who are buried alive because of improper behaviour, people drowning when attempting illegal immigration to Europe. Karim is told that he will only be appointed if his wife avoids political topics. He does persuade her to make programs on ordinary people instead. But her "non-political" programs will become even more repugnant to the authorities.Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
As a Westerner, albeit one who has lived in the Middle East, though not in Egypt, this was a fascinating inside view of a country most in the US know little about, other than what we see on TV news.
Aspects of the film, such as the production values and the stylized, Telanovela-type melodramatic acting in some scenes, are not what a Western viewer may be used to. In this regard,the film is somewhat uneven. Portions are even at the level 1960's Italian "spaghetti Westerns" or early Japanese low-budget sci-fi. Yet, other aspects, such as the camera work are fresh and innovative, reminiscent of perhaps Pedro Almodovar, and other director/writers who have done a lot with little.
A few technical flaws aside, this film is highly recommended. The story structure and concept of using a classic legend is satisfying to the viewer, making difficult material palatable, and allowing one to see parallels that cross borders, culture and time.
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