William: You know, it’s funny. You think you can always just turn it around. Like no matter what, you can just walk it back. But you can’t. I know you know that. But there’s this other part of you that knows you’ve got to get on with it. Like you never forget about it, you never forget. But you’ve got to get on with it. You just decide that this awful thing you make it count. From here on out, you make it count.
I remember seeing this film in theatres when I was in college and being completely blown away by it. I watched it again with my mother a few years later, but I don’t think I’d seen it in close to five years before rewatching it last night. I forgot how simple and elegantly orchestrated it is. It’s an ensemble, but you never get lost in a sea of characters, nor do you truly get invested in most of them. I don’t mean that as an insult, though. The ensemble works as one to fight the system and topple Senator McCarthy with his own words (more on that later). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, though it didn’t win any: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor David Strathairn, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Munich and winner Crash.
I hadn’t heard of this film until ComingSoon posted the poster/synopsis, but I am extremely excited for it. Partly because I’m a sucker for romances and Egypt and Patricia Clarkson, but mostly because of ALEXANDER SIDDIG. He’s probably most famous for playing Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and because of that role I’ve loved him since I was a little girl. He was really great in a supporting role in 2005’s Syriana. This film is probably going to be too little to launch him as a leading man, which is a shame.
Synopsis also thanks to ComingSoon:
Clarkson plays Juliette, a fashion magazine editor in her 40s, who travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark (McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. Cairo Time is a romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
The film opens in America August 6th.