A fascinating film from Saab, set in Cairo and following young female graduate who is desirous of following her mother's steps by becoming a dancer. It's a provocative movie in an Egyptian context, dealing - only a little self-consciously - with such subjects as a woman's role in a country affected by the contradictory dictates of Islamic "modesty" and Western consumerism, traditionalism and the role of pleasure, intellectual freedom and social and political conservatism. Turk (as the youn woman) and Mounir (as the writer and media intellectual for whom she forms an attraction) offer sober and credible performances; the whole is directed by Saab with an admirably light touch.
Time Out Magazine

 

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