The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean)
The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean) (2006)

This epic drama tackles controversial issues, including the taboo of homosexuality, while exploring the lives of tenants in a Cairo apartment building.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Rich and imposing.

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Deborah Young

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.

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Timothy Knight

The Yacoubian Building is a flawed, yet ultimately illuminating film worth seeing.

Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a bold film for an Arabic country.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

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...

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Tom Charity
L.A. Weekly

This sweeping melodrama is nothing less than an Egyptian state-of-the-nation address.

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Karina Longworth

[A] swoony romantic sheen...threatens to downgrade the endeavor from ethnographic document to lifestyle porn with a heavily moralistic edge.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A grand and soapy experience set in the fading glory of apartments meant for a better time and place.

Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Chihoe Ho
While it was commendable how the film stuck closely with the important themes of sexuality, religion and politics as in the novel, it was less subtle in the… More