The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)
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The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)
This epic drama tackles controversial issues, including the taboo of homosexuality, while exploring the lives of tenants in a Cairo apartment building.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rich and imposing."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The Yacoubian Building distinguishes itself both as the most expensive Egyptian film ever made and, despite its nearly three-hour running time, one of the most watchable."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"The Yacoubian Building is a flawed, yet ultimately illuminating film worth seeing."
‑ Timothy Knight,
"At more than 2 1/2 hours, The Yacoubian Building is nothing if not long. But it's a window into a culture that few of us get to see."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's a bold film for an Arabic country."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A revelatory slice of secular life in downtown, modern-day Cairo... like an Egyptian Tales From the City, soapy with communal taboos in each of its entwined scenarios... enlightening and articulate..."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address."
‑ Tom Charity, L.A. Weekly
"[A] swoony romantic sheen...threatens to downgrade the endeavor from ethnographic document to lifestyle porn with a heavily moralistic edge."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"A grand and soapy experience set in the fading glory of apartments meant for a better time and place."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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