Cairo Time

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: October 9, 2009 (limited)
DVD: January 19, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.90
based on 132 votes and 50 reviews
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Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya, Amina Annabi, Tom McCamus


Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is a Canadian magazine editor who arrives in Cairo for a vacation with her long-time husband (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza. Delayed, her husband asks his friend—a handsome Egyptian named Tareq (Alexander Siddig)—to watch over Juliette. Juliette finds herself falling in love not only with the city but with Tareq. From the surprise of men-only cafes, to the aroma of a hookah pipe, to the expanse of the Nile, the film captures the seductive charm of Cairo.

  Canadian Connection: The director and some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Ruba Nadda
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Daniel Iron, David Collins
Screenplay: Ruba Nadda
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  • 5 stars "Beautiful movie with a lovely story line. Those who think it moves too slow did not appreciate the movie's theme. My desire to visit Cairo has grown even more now. The chemistry between Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig was intense and sensual. Hope Juliette and Tareq will meet again!"
  • 5 stars "Sensual movie, and if there had been a sex scene or any indication that they had had sex it would have ruined it for me. I thought the fact that she honored her marriage enough to not go to bed was delightful, yet at the same time she broke a promise (as far as she would go)to go to the pyramids with her husband, and instead goes with Tariq. This was her method of telling Tariq that she loves him, and that going to the pyramids was an experience that only they would share. Part of the charm was that this woman could not believe that she was still attractive as an older sophisticated woman. The bond between both characters was not mere sexual mystique, but it was an emotional intellectual bon"
  • 5 stars "Simply a beautiful romance. Would appreciate maybe 1-2 more hug or stroke to make it even more burning. Both of them excellent performance. Amazing scenes from Cairo. Hey part 2 in Istanbul? Reunion of Julliete and Tareq after her husband died or smth :)))"