Yacoubian Building (2006)

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Director: Marwen Hamed
Cast: Zaki El Dessouki, Haj Azzam, Christine, Dawlat El Dessouky

Synopsis

Four interlocking stories centre on the eponymous Cairo apartment building, once built to rival the most lavish and exclusive architecture of Paris, now an emblem of the decadence at the heart of Egyptian society.

The Review

Prestigious, nationally highly successful and notorious film of a bestselling novel; its characters hold the attention throughout its considerable length and it is put together with some style, though succumbing to some melodramatic excesses for western tastes.