Last Night

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  • 1964
  • 2 hr
  • 7.8  (291)

Last Night- 1964 Last Night is an Egyptian mystery that explores the suspenseful events surrounding a woman who suddenly discovers one morning that she is married to her brother-in-law. This simple yet intriguing premise paves the way for a story that explores dark under-currents of greed, murder, and amnesia. Faten Hamama plays the protagonist, Nadia, who unwittingly becomes a target of her brother-in-law husband as he plots to murder her in order to collect an inheritance.

The film's highly compelling plot is only one of its outstanding features. Impeccable cinematography from Abdelhalim Nasr and a strong and intelligent screenplay by Youssef El Sebai make this film an unforgettable experience.

Further intrigue is provide by the the slow disclosure of the film's back-story as Nadia comes to realize that she has been unaware of the course of her life for fifteen years since a bomb exploded which killed her sister, Fawzya, a character which is also played by Hamama. The power of the actress in two roles is only one of the compelling aspects of this film which involves sensual and sexual themes in relation to the passing of time and the function of human memory.

The presence of a sympathetic doctor known as Dr. Ahmed, who is played by Ahmed Mazher, adds to the plot. The doctor attempts to protect Nadia and to help her understand the predicament of her life since the bombing. With lust, wealth, and personal identity all in play, Last Night, achieves a level of suspense and fascination that is seldom encountered in films from the early 1960's.

The film was entered into the Cannes Films Festival the year of its release and has since gained a deserved reputation as a standout example of director Kamal El Sheikh's celebrated works. Exotic locations, compelling characters, and a mysterious back-story, complete with peril and sexuality make this film one to be watched and relished by movie fans.

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    7.8  (291)