Cairo Time
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Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a magazine editor, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman. It began when Syrian-Canadian writer/director Ruba Nadda first visited Cairo with her family many years… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"The lovely twilit moments in this movie stay with one, and that summoning them up in your mind is like slowing down time."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Confirms two things that hardly need confirming: The Egyptian capital is a breathtaking metropolis, and Patricia Clarkson is one of the best actors in the world."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is a film where the promise of romance is almost as important as the romance itself. And perceptively gliding through it, Clarkson and her intricate yet simple approach is a quiet sensation."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"What makes Cairo Time work stems from the playing of the leads and the manner in which Nadda presents the setting."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Clarkson, as always, is genuine and terrific."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Clarkson lights up Ruba Nadda's stately drama Cairo Time like the moon on a summer night, making every moment luminous with quiet, resigned longing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Cairo Time proves hard to resist, the film's familiarity gradually giving way to a playfulness that feels new to the impossible-love subset of bourgeois melodrama."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Cairo Time's narrative is manna for the menopausal, but, at the very least, worthy for the rest."
‑ Shannon Wright, Moviedex
"...has at its heart the mildest kind of dalliance, a betrayal so small and excusable it mightn't even register."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's hard to call Cairo Time a "romance." Really, what it is is one of the rare realistic movies about attraction."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"What it has going for it, however, is a strong performance from Clarkson, who has become one of the more reliable character actors in independent film."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Cairo Time: Take the time to see it."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Not much happens in "Cairo Time," and it doesn?t happen in slow, languid fashion."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Clarkson, in one of her few leading roles, is the film's bright spot and reason for seeing the film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Clarkson not only anchors Nadda's film, but she lifts it up onto her shoulders, carrying it along and helping it become an emotional and thoughtful story of one woman's journey of self-discovery."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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