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, Khaled Youssef. Cinematography by Mohsen Nasr. Music by Yehia El Mougy. Production Design by Hamed Hemdan. Costume Design by Nahed Nasrallah. Film Editing by Rashida Abdel Salem.
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. Nabila Ebeid is excellent as Adam’s hard-driven mother.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1999