The Other

BB.5

(out of 5)

Original title:  El Akhar


Adam is the son of a wealthy Egyptian-American family who is studying at UCLA and returns home for a brief vacation. Upon his arrival he meets beautiful reporter Hanane, with whom he begins an intense love affair, and eventually they marry. Trouble arises when Hanane’s journalistic interests lead her to the corrupt business affairs of Adam’s parents, who are interested in building an American tourist compound that would allow Americans further control of Egypt’s tourist industry and make them a whole lot richer. The climactic ending of the film is the tragic result of the adults’ selfish greed which manifests itself on their children. Not really inspiring in any way, the film does feature some colourful musical numbers and wry moments.  is excellent as Adam’s hard-driven mother.


Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Ognon Pictures

France/Egypt, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by Youssef Chahine,

Cinematography by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1999

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