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Set in Cairo in the 1960s. Showing the daily life of an Egyptian Christian family. Adly, the father,is a conservetive teacher who's fear of god turned him into a fanatic. His wife, ne'mat, a liberal protustant, works as a school mistress who is a depressed artist and also struggling with her frustrated sexual life with her husband. The whole story is told from the view of Na'eem, their son, a Six years old boy who adores the cinema which causes a continuous conflict with his father who considers it a sin.Written by
(Baheb el Cima) or (I Love Cinema) is considered the first Egyptian film, and the first arabic film as well, that discusses the concept of Freedom by all this depth and courage. It concerns freedom by all its axes and dimensions: freedom of expressing your own views even to your own self before anyone else, freedom of thoughts towards life, community, and even towards dealing with God. The film talks about a child Naeem (Youssef Osman) who loves Cinema (which is a sign here for freedom) but he suffers from the complicated fanatic mentality of his father Adly (Mahmoud Hemeida) who sees that Cinema is a great sin!Adly here resembles all the conquering force that fetters the soul of freedom. He puts some odd restrictions towards everything in his life concerning his sexual relationship with his wife Ne'mat (Laila Eloui) as he sees that sex is only a tool to bring babies and it can't be used for more than that! Adly also has no enough freedom to confess, even to himself, that he performs well in his life towards God only because he is afraid of God's punishment after death. All these events run, with a very smart twist, in the same historical time where whole Egypt was also suffering from a government political conquest (1966/1967). Finally, it's a great bold worth-seeing film that penetrates a very dark room in the Egyptian community, and in the human soul as well - by the very great director Osama Fawzy.
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