A showcase for the city of Cairo and for the low-key charms of actress Patricia Clarkson, Ruba Nadda’s Cairo Time
surpasses most romantic travelogues, but that hardly makes it essential viewing.
Juliette Grant (Clarkson) is an American magazine editor visiting Cairo to meet with her husband, who works for the UN in the occupied territories. Because he’s been delayed by some type of unrest in the region, he sends his friend and former colleague, Tareq (Alexander Siddig of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), to look after Juliette, who is unfamiliar with Cairo. Her idealistic notions of the ancient city grate against his more pragmatic and cynical view...