Cairo Time

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ruba Nadda
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


Oh, I'm fine. I'm fine.

Oh, I can barely hear you.

Um, how long do you think?


How is it now, hmm?

Oh, Tareq is lovely.

Yes. I thought

he would be older.

We ran into a woman

named Yasmeen?

Oh, really?

[Laughing softly]

I thought so. Yeah.

No, I can't.

I can't stay inside that long.

I'll go crazy.

You know me. Hmm.

Oh, we have your embassy event.

Do you think you'll be back?

I don't want to be stuck

with the Petroleum Wives.

[Laughing softly]

Oh, I hope so too.

[Laughing again]

Oh... Oh, I miss you.

Yeah, I love you. Mm-hmm.

[Middle-Eastern music

in the background]



[Call to prayer in Arabic

from loudspeakers outside]


[Call to prayer from afar]

[Diffuse chanting]

[Traffic and background chatter]

- Big family!

- No. Just work.


[Background chatter]

[Motorists honking]

[Speaking in Arabic]


[Motorists honking]

[Background chatter]

[Kids screaming excitedly]

[Speaking in Arabic]

- Ah, you're beautiful.

- F*** me.

[Amused background chatter]

[Speaking calmly in Arabic]

[Middle-Eastern song]

[Background chatter]

- Oh! I'm sorry.

- Oh, no. That- it's all right.

It's okay.

- There is no sign.

- It's all right.

It's okay. Would- Do- Do you-

Do you have the time?

Do you know what time it is?

- Time? 2pm.

[Background chatter and music]

- Excuse me.

- Oh, um...

- I'm sorry. I'm disturbing you.

- No, not at all. Not at all.

This is Ms. Juliette.

- Hello. Hello.

- Coffee? Uh, tea?

Uh, juice?

- No, thank you.

- Cigarette?

- I'm going crazy.

- Is there something the matter?

- Oh, uh...

No, I'm... I'm fine, I...

You know, Mark warned me about

wandering the streets alone.

Men keep following me.

- You're a very beautiful woman.

- Hmm...

It's been years since, uh,

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Ruba Nadda

Ruba Nadda (born 6 December 1972) is a Canadian film director. She made several award-winning short films, including Lost Woman Story, Interstate Love Story, So Far Gone and Damascus Nights before writing and directing features I Always Come to You, Unsettled and Sabah. Her movie Cairo Time won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was Best Reviewed Romance on Rotten Tomatoes for 2010. She is known for shooting feature films in very short time spans. more…

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