A new review from The Movie Snob
Cairo Time (B-). This languid little movie is a Canadian-Irish-Egyptian production. Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island) stars as Juliette Grant, an American woman who is supposed to meet her U.N.-employed husband Mark in Cairo for a long-awaited vacation. But Mark is detained in Gaza for an indeterminate period of time, so he has his old U.N. buddy Tareq (Alexander Siddig, The Nativity Story) pick Juliette up at the airport. Juliette has nothing but time on her hands, and she spends a decent amount of that time with Tareq. In an American movie, they’d be hooking up before the end of the first reel, but this movie is much more restrained. There’s plenty of interesting Egyptian scenery and colorful local culture to fill up the 90-minute running time, but despite the slow pace of the movie the characters are still a little underdeveloped. Still, it’s nice to see Siddig, who was Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine all those years, getting a juicy role to sink his teeth into.