Romancing Cairo

Grab your popcorn we're going into the cool of the theater to escape the August heat. You will however not be void of heat for long, just heat of another caliber. This movie may just melt your milk duds.

He who hath not seen Cairo hath not seen the world. Her soil is gold; her Nile is a marvel; her women are like the black-eyed virgins of Paradise; her houses are palaces; and her air is soft, as sweet-smelling as aloe-wood, rejoicing the heart. And how can Cairo be otherwise, when she is the Mother of the World?

--"A Thousand and One Nights"

Ruba Nadda - screenwriter & director

& a cast of 4 main characters

Patricia Clarkson as Juliette
Tom McCamus as her husband Mark
Alexander Siddiug as Tareq
Elena Anaya as Kathryn

U.S. release date - August 6, 2010

Juliette, a magazine editor, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark, a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation.

Juliette is a woman who married young and still ardently loves her husband, Mark, who works abroad. Their children have grown up and moved away. Life, doing what it usually does to a marriage, has replaced their hopes and dreams with accomplishment and responsibilities. In the back of her head, Juliette had thought that sooner or later, she and her husband would have time for each other, which was the reason for her trip to Cairo.

When Mark, Juliette's husband is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq, who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city.

Juliette, is suddenly forced to slow down and move on Cairo time.” This film has a West-meets-East quality to the unexpected, unrequited love between an Arab man and a North American woman. It’s also a throw to old style, classic films reminiscent of the restrained, emotional tension in the work of Jane Austen.

The last thing anyone expects is that Juliette and Tareq will fall in love.

Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman.

"A quiet love story about a woman at a crucial point in her life" states Daniel Iron, producer for Cairo Time. “She has a private epiphany and things happen to her that no one will ever know. While they are not overtly life changing, they are fundamentally life changing inwardly and this illuminates the world for her. She finds an inner freedom that perhaps she always had, but being a working mother with kids and a husband who was away a lot, never had the opportunity to explore. This is very different from a “my husband and I are having problems so I’m going to have a fling” story.

Cairo Time is beautiful and sad at the same time. The emotions are not clear cut,
but there is clarity in their ambiguity.”

If you have a moment, grab a cool lemonade, sit back & observe the making of Cairo Time. Most definitely worth the few minutes of your day.

NOLA born Patricia Clarkson is so absolutely charming. She gives us '5o - something' girls a positive image. My two favorite roles of Patricia's have been the avant-garde pot smoking Aunt Sarah from HBO's 'Six Feet Under', and the complete opposite character of 50's socialite Eleanor in 'Far From Heaven'.

Patricia you make me proud x

{go forth & live responsibly}
applaud sexy at every age

photos and facts thanks to - cairotime.ca, normgregory.com, nationalpost.com, lookpic.com, cbc.ca, tribute.ca, thecia.com.au, ifcfilms.com, icelebz.com, ctv.ca,


Janet said...

ooo, sounds wonderful! ;)

Jane said...

I love her too and I hope I am as elegant as her when I get to that age (Whatever it may be! I can't tell from looking at her!)

It sounds like a sophisticated film which does not insult the intelligence of the viewer. So rare these days. And can I please have that turquoise dress.


Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Unfortunately, I know that this won't be playing in any theaters in my city, so I'll have to wait for the DVD. This looks like a such a beautiful movie. Patricia Clarkson is one of my favorite actresses. She's smart, beautiful, charming, and immensely talented.

24 Corners said...

Desperately in need of a good movie...thanks for the tip and the great review, what a write-up! Are you a movie critic on the side??

xoxo J~

debra@dustjacket said...

I will see this for sure. The clip was just so moving, your heart goes out to the kids and women in some places...the director sounds really nice.
xxx Dj

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Deb ~

I've had this movie on my radar for a few weeks now...we cannot wait to see it! After reading your post, I definitely have ants in my pants to get to the theater sooner than later!

How's your heart? Feeling a bit more full now....thinking of you.


French Basketeer.com said...


I see so few movies (last one was Julie & Julia) but I'm going to see this one because of your post; looks great, and I love the setting! have a wonderful week....

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Deb
Well your post has me intrigued to see the movie.. I just love Patricia Clarkson.. she just oozes class but without shoving it in your face... something not many pull off.. just a natural elegance!!!

the images are delightful.. can't wait till it reaches my shores!! Take care Deb.. xxx Julie

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This looks and sounds like a great movie! I hadn't heard of it before. Thank you for stopping by :)

Oliveaux said...

Look forward to seeing this one! Looks great....

Barbara said...

looks great, deborah! i'll be watching for it.

North of 25A said...

I am so glad to know about this movie! This is the first review I have read about it and I LOVE going to the movies - thank you! And I have wanted to go to Egypt since I was a little girl...

La Petite Gallery said...

I am putting on my boots and going to see that Movie. Thanks for the
update. I have been pretty bored
with the movies playing lately..
Thanks a lot.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I read a wonderful article in the Times yesterday about Patricia Clarkson. I've always been a fan of hers. Such an authentic actress, don't you think? This film sounds right up my street. I'll look for it!! Thanks!

Dovecote Decor said...

Thanks for the tip! I could use a little movie travel.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Deb,
You should be in their promotions department. You have definitely made me want to see it !! I guess that it will come here after you. I shall have to look out for it.
I am still thinking of your wonderful home, Deb.... and I can't get over the price. How's the sale going ? Have you had many viewings ? .... and have you heard from Em since she went to Uni ? Is she settling in ? Hope that you are feeling better about it all, Deb. I know exactly how you feel but, they must go off and live their lives, musn't they ?
Lots of love to you. XXXX

James said...

"applaud sexy at every age" Hear hear!

joanna said...

You did a wonderful creative layout of presenting this film and by the end I was in love with Cairo and the actors. Your parting words, I will clip and paste on my bathroom mirror
{go forth & live responsibly}
applaud sexy at every age"....
Have a lovely week.


Unknown said...

She was fabulous in six feet under. This is why I love blogging. I haven't heard of this movie, and now because of your blog, I want to see it. I can already see the Jane Austen tension, and the agonizing twist that makes movies like this so bitter sweet.

Renée Finberg said...

this sounds like something i would really enjoy.

i am going to check it out.

thank you for the sweet comment.
xxx love to you

FrenchBlue said...

Looks great! I am going for sure! Thanks for the tip... I haven't even seen it advertised yet:)

Karena said...

Deb I cannot wait to see this movie!! I love great photography and can see this has it all!

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

I will keep my beady little eyes open for this movie in the Uk. Thanks for the heads up, it looks fab.
*kisses* HH

SpryOnTheWall said...

Wow! Sounds really good. I'm also in love w/that blue dress she's wearing (leave it to me to focus on that!). xoxo Jenny

DolceDreams said...

This looks fantastic, I can't wait to see it...thx for sharing!

Dianne said...

Wow!! this is a must see film ~ I hope it opens in my end of the world soon.

Renae Moore said...

I haven't been to the movie in forever. Maybe I'll treat myself to this one. Wanna come with me?
I would love to take you up on your offer across the pond too!

Haute World said...

Looks like a great movie - I'll have to check it out, especially as I"ve been to Cairo and loved the experience. I can however already tell that they're romanticizing the place a lot more than it should be... it is vast, dirty and very chaotic. Not nearly as romantic as it once was ;-) The pyramids are still amazing though.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

It has my attention now, thanks to you!!!

Chicago Chic said...

You have really sparked my interest! I would love to see this movie, thanks for sharing this review.

By the way, I have left you an award on my recent blog post!


'Cross the Pond said...

I MUST see this film. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I love Patricia Clarkson - always have.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Deb!
Thanks for a look at Cairo TIme! I can't wait to see it!!!!!!!Maryanne xoxoxxo

Tricia said...

My neice just returned from spending the summer in Epypt during a college program so this movie intrigues me! Thanks for sharing with us.

Porchlight Interiors said...

This looks really beautiful! I will definitely look out for it! Tracey xx

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