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A young Egyptian with acting ambitions leaves his country for France with dreams of becoming a movie star, much to the disgust of his father, who wants him to move to Saudi Arabia and get rich.

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Yusri Nasrullah (as Yousry Nasrallah)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bassem Samra ... Ali
Ahmed Fouad Selim Ahmed Fouad Selim ... The father
Abla Kamel Abla Kamel ... Bannoura, the mother
Roschdy Zem ... Roschdy
Inês de Medeiros Inês de Medeiros ... Agnès
Amr Sad Amr Sad ... Oussama (as Amr Saad)
Basma ... Nadia (as Basma Ahmad)
Sari Al Nagar Sari Al Nagar ... Fox
Messaoud Hattau Messaoud Hattau ... Firas
Seif Abdelrahman ... Mounir (as Seif Abdel-Rahmane)
Atteya Ouess Atteya Ouess ... Uncle Chalabi
Zaky Fateen Abdel Wahab Zaky Fateen Abdel Wahab ... The film director (as Zaki Abdel Wahab)
Youssra ... Herself: Cameo Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmed Azmi
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Storyline

A young Egyptian with acting ambitions leaves his country for France with dreams of becoming a movie star, much to the disgust of his father, who wants him to move to Saudi Arabia and get rich.

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Drama

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Country:

Egypt | France

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

5 July 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Many of the scenes of the film were improvised during the workshops held in preparation. Most notable is the scene where Ali (B. Samra) and his friends were drinking on the Nile. Samra saw this in real life and thought it fit well with the film. See more »

Quotes

[Ali is on the roof memorizing his role in a play while being surrounded by ducks and hens, he then picks up a white duck which he named De Niro]
Ali: Mother, don't slaughter de Niro.
Bannoura, the mother: Who?
Ali: De Niro!
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References Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Exceptional Viewing
1 October 2002 | by Rainsford55See all my reviews

Shown in Australia as "The City", this exceptional film is an excellently written story.

The main character "Ali" (Bassem Samra),is a young accountancy graduate with a passion for acting. He leaves Egypt for France in the hope he might find an acting career and a better life. But his dreams infuriate his father who wants him to move to Saudi Arabia and become rich. In France Ali meets Roschdy, who helps him find work, accommodation and gets him a fake ID. But his life becomes a constant battle in more ways than one as he struggles to hide his real identity.

Though this was apparently filmed on 35mm film, it does come across at different times as though it was filmed on someone's home video and so you do get the feeling you are watching an amateur production. However there is some excellent acting from Samra who captures the essence of the role and his supporting cast offer strong back-up.

Well worth the time to watch, I share the loneliness of "Ali" in his time in France as a foreigner in a unwelcoming country.

A well rounded story where our hero finds his true self in end. Excellent viewing.


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