The Other (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Original title:  El Akhar

France/Egypt, 1999.  Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Ognon Pictures.  Screenplay by Youssef Chahine, .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s