Cairo Time -Movie Review
A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Cairo Time stars Patricia Clarkson, who’s always good. It also stars Alexander Saddick, who’s an actor that I didn’t know very much about, but he’s quite charming. He’s tall and skinny with great eyes. The story is very low-key. It’s obviously made by a woman director, and I say that without a hint of chauvinism, but it moves very slowly and it’s a very internal movie. The idea is Patricia is going to Egypt. She gets off the plane in Cairo to visit her husband, whom we find out is with the UN Peace Keeping Force in Gaza, and is detained. Patricia kind of hangs out in the strange city by herself for a while, and then decides to get out of her very luxurious hotel room. Once she is out she is followed around by a group of mysterious men. But before all this she was met at the airport by Tariq, a gorgeous, single man who used to work for her husband, and tell her that if she should ever run into any problems, to come and visit him. She does, and predictably, they launch an almost-affair, which includes going to a wedding and wandering around. He offers to take her to the pyramids, and she says no. because her and her husband had always decided they’d see it together. They actually do end up at the pyramids, and are coming back to her hotel room, for what we can only assume is to be an assignation, and guess who shows up? Tadum, the husband. Does it seem a bit predictable, uh-huh. For what it is, I think it’s very affective, in that you have the sense of something smoldering between the two of them, but we’ve seen it basically before. As much as I like Patricia Clarkson, she is such an internal actress that this moves very slowly. It’s kind of like watching sexy paint dry. I’d give it two and a half stars.