A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.


Ruba Nadda


Ruba Nadda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Juliette Grant
Alexander Siddig ... Tareq Khalifa
Elena Anaya ... Kathryn
Amina Annabi ... Yasmeen
Tom McCamus ... Mark
Mona Hala Mona Hala ... Jameelah
Fadia Nadda Fadia Nadda ... Hanan
Mohamed Abdel Fatah Mohamed Abdel Fatah ... Customs Officer (as Mohammed Abdel Fattah)
Hossam Abdulla Hossam Abdulla ... Porter
Nabil Shazli Nabil Shazli ... Manager
Ahmed Ghareeb Ahmed Ghareeb ... Propositioning Man
Hanafi Mohamoud El Gazar Hanafi Mohamoud El Gazar ... Shoe Shopkeeper
Roanne Bell Roanne Bell ... Sharon
Andrew Cullen Andrew Cullen ... Jim
Katie Sherif Katie Sherif ... Petroleum Wife #1


In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that catches them both unawares. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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An adventure of the heart. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Tariq (Alexander Siddig) is shown to be a lover of games, particularly chess. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Dr. Julian Bashir (also played by Siddig) is frequently shown playing games with Chief O'Brien. See more »


The position of the women during the wedding sequence changes constantly. See more »


Juliette Grant: [Repeated line]
[In Arabic]
Juliette Grant: Thank you.
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Arabian Scene No. 3
Disc & Track No.: PML-CD 1046, Track 24
Composed by George Fenton (as G. Fenton) & John Leach (as J. Leach)
Publisher: Kanda Music (SOCAN)
Courtesy of The Music People Ltd.
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Delicate and Sensitive Romance for Mature Audiences
11 August 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Juliette Grant (Patricia Clarkson) travels from America to Cairo to meet her husband Mark (Tom McCamus), who belongs to the high echelon of UN and is settling refugees in Gaza. On the arrival, Juliette is welcomed by Tareq Khalifa (Alexander Siddig), an Egyptian that had worked with Mark and now is retired.

Mark has a problem in Gaza and can not come to Cairo, and the gentle Tareq invites Juliette to sail in the Nile and visit the pyramids. Juliette learns that she can not walk alone on the streets of Cairo since she is offensively harassed by the male locals, and she sightsees the city with Tareq. The proximity with her husband's friend and his attention to her make Juliette too attracted for Tareq. Will they have a love affair?

"Cairo Time" is a delicate and sensitive romance about companionship evolving to romance for mature audiences. Immediately after watching this pleasant film, I said to myself: this is certainly a film directed by a woman… and I was right. The sensitiveness of the director and author Ruba Nadda is impressive.

"Cairo Time" has magnificent cinematography and locations and the underrated Patricia Clarkson is excellent and with a perfect chemistry with Alexander Siddig. The music score is very beautiful and the conclusion of the affair of Juliette and Tareq is stunning. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Meus Dias no Cairo" ("My Days in Cairo")

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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (Canada) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,245, 8 August 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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