Cairo Time

Data
Title: Cairo Time
Year: 2009 (Canada), 2010 (US)
Length: 90 minutes
Director: Ruba Nadda
Writer: Ruba Nadda
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig
Music: Niall Byrne (and non-original music)
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a woman visits Egypt without her husband

My reaction
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Great. Mostly just good, but amazingly spectacular for one scene.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Indifferent. There’s some great music used, but the entire score seems to consist of a single cue used repeatedly throughout the film with no regard to how it works for the scene.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Reminiscent of Brief Encounter, except that it’s not nearly as good. Most of the movie is slow and boring. But the last fifteen minutes or so are good enough to make it worth watching.
Objective Rating: 2.9/4 (Good).

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