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Cairo Time

Rated PG 88 minutes 2009

In this superior indie drama, a Canadian woman (the luminous Patricia Clarkson) arrives in Cairo expecting to meet her husband, a UN staffer, for an Egyptian vacation. When he's interminably delayed by a crisis in a Gaza refugee camp, she takes refuge from loneliness and culture shock in the company of his courtly former colleague (Alexander Siddig), and a strong attraction develops between the two as they tour the city and articulate their cultural differences. Canadian director Ruba Nadda steers clear of the Harlequin romance ditch to deliver a grown-up romance that's smart, subtle, poignant, and psychologically acute.

Film Credits

Director: Ruba Nadda

Producer: David Collins, Daniel Iron, Charles Pugliese and Christine Vachon

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya, Tom McCamus, Amina Annabi, Cynthia Amsden, Andrew Cullen, Mona Hala and Fadia Nadda

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