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Asmaa (2011)

A woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.

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Amr Salama

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Amr Salama
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hind Sabri ... Asma (as Hend Sabri)
Maged El Kedwany ... Muhsen El-Sisi
Hani Adel Hani Adel ... Mosaad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fatma Adel Fatma Adel
Samia Asaad Samia Asaad
Mohamed Abdel Azim Mohamed Abdel Azim
Mahmoud Azzazy Mahmoud Azzazy ... Pharmacist (as Mahmoud El-Azazy)
Abdelhakim Darwish Abdelhakim Darwish
Laila Ezz El Arab
Raafat El Bayoumi Raafat El Bayoumi
Ameer Salah Eldin Ameer Salah Eldin
Bayyumi Fuad
Boutros Ghali Boutros Ghali ... (as Boutros-Boutros Ghali)
Ali Idris Ali Idris ... (as Ali Adris)
Ahmed Kamal Ahmed Kamal
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A woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.

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Egypt

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Arabic

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7 December 2011 (Egypt) See more »

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$37,428
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1.85 : 1
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"Maged El Kedwany" won the best actor award in Festival Abu Dhabi fifth 2011 for his role in the movie. See more »

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Missed Opportunity
5 November 2012 | by hanyabdelaal-521-203694See all my reviews

Asmaa is an impoverished Egyptian diagnosed with HIV, faced with the injustice of an unaware society that views the disease as a guaranteed death warrant. It does not stop there: Asmaa is also a women, making her journey much harder to endure.

All we really know about "Asmaa" is that its an attempt to tackle a long forgotten and dismissed taboo in Egypt. But tackling a taboo through a set of clichés will likely annoy viewers (like myself) and have a reverse effect.

The basis of the story gave the writer a excellent opportunity to expand and dig deep into the social, economic and political repercussions and consequences faced by HIV patients in Egypt.

The 96 minutes running time might have been the biggest flaw and dealt a fatal blow to the film, which suffered from a script that ineffectively blends together too many stories and ends up under developing each and every one of them.

Worn out clichés hurt the film badly. And example of this is the common and quite predictable television interview scene which has become the preferred alternative for a writer who is struggling creatively and stuck on a screenplay. ["Add in television interview scene." - "Add a shot of people staring at their TV stations as they watch the show." - Cut to: flashbacks scenes.] Sorry, but we have seen it before!

Story and writing-wise, her marriage story was so dull and uninteresting, it bored me (and lost my attention) by the second flashback. Likewise, her family and daughter storyline was insufficiently developed, leaving us with many unanswered question, and at times in utter confusion.

If there was ever a streak of genius in the movie, it was the lost opportunity to concentrate on group therapy sessions. There was so much (lost) potential there and regrettably, none were tackled appropriately. Instead, the writer left us with a few repetitive, uninspiring lines and little knowledge of how the disease actually affected the lives of the people we are listening to (or even Asmaa herself!).

Maged El Kedwany was undoubtedly the only attention-grabbing exciting character this movie produced. Too bad it was damaged by the tired and overused TV interview storyline.

Overall, at times I felt I was watching 678 with HIV replacing sexual harassment. Although Asmaa is mildly better than the mediocre 678, it suffers from much of the same weaknesses: an underdeveloped and weak screenplay and overacting (hint: Hend Sabry).

★★/★★★★


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