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Chaos, This Is (2007)

Heya fawda (original title)
Egyptian movie deals with the issue of corruption in Egypt and the Egyptian police excesses, embodies all of this in the character of the police officer, "Hatem".
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Credited cast:
Khaled Saleh ... Hatem
Menna Shalabi ... Nour
Youssef El Sherif ... Cherif
Hala Sedki ... Wedad
Hala Fakher ... Baheya
Amr Abdulgalil ... Samy (as Amr Abdel Gelil)
Dorra Zarrouk Dorra Zarrouk ... Selvia
Abdullah Mishref Abdullah Mishref ... (as Abdullah Mosharraf)
Rola Mahmoud Rola Mahmoud ... School Teacher
Safwa Safwa ... Somaya
Maher Salim Maher Salim
Ahmed Yehia Ahmed Yehia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmed Fouad Selim Ahmed Fouad Selim


Choubra, cosmopolitan neighborhood of Cairo. Hatem, maggoty police officer, handles this neighborhood with an iron hand. Every single citizen fears and hates him. Only Nour, a young woman he lusts after, dares stand up to him. But Nour is secretly in love with Cherif, brilliant and uncorrupted deputy public prosecutor. Green with envy, Hatem comes between. He wants Nour for himself. He whipsaws her and turns her life into a nightmare. The story of a frustrated love like Choubra experiences some since the mists of time. Written by Hassan Said

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Passion, Politics, and Suspense.. A living drama of the Egyptian Society...
16 December 2007 | by GhaliaSee all my reviews

With the combined power of Youssef Chahine's fearless guts, and Khaled Youssef's spectacular narrative style, "Heya Fawda" can only be perceived as a cinematic up-boost to Egyptian Cinema. Both directors reveal their touches in this socio-political story, by addressing wide-spread concerns in Egyptian society, yet through a moving drama, manipulated by a story-line that contradicts the pessimistic perception of Egyptians as passive and manipulated by the dominance of corruption and oppression.

The plot takes us through the different desires of life, starting from power and self-fulfillment, to love and its different forms ranging from the innocence of virginity, to the sadistic extreme of possession. Nonetheless, it contemplates the definition of a villain by arousing paradox feelings in regards to societal and psychological changes driven by one's background, loss, and deprivations, and the justification to those ends. The film portrays society in its turning points... From a psychoanalytical retrospect, Hatem, resembling Darwin's child who lives their entire life oppressed by the fear of castration and is driven by his lust for such needs until they erode even the purest of his sentiments, pushing him into society's greatest evils. However, the political implications of Hatem's character run beyond that to reveal the part of society that is reluctant to change; that by which the darkness of capitalism have disrupted forever and turned everything in it into "chaos". On the other hand, Nour and Cherif's characters reveal the future, or the dream of one... They both live the nightmare and are poisoned by the same water, yet they rise upon that and raise their voices higher than the pollution eating up the hopes of an improved tomorrow... Even when they're at their utmost break, they find a way to fight the havoc and see a glimpse of justice and light to the fatal incidents that dominate their lives, or in the bigger picture, society.

There is no doubt that Chahine and Youssef's merging together, brings out the best in them. "Heya Fawda" is one of the few Arabic movies that are reluctant to the melodramatic exaggerations, which turn the film into an obnoxious experience that offends the viewers' intelligence; nonetheless, the deep metaphors give a further meaning to this multi-genre movie making it almost complete. The film is rather a documentary encapsulating passion, suspense, politics, drama, and psychoanalysis in a few hours; it is simply the "Egyptian Society" uncovered.

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Release Date:

28 November 2007 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos, This Is See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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