Midaq Alley (1995) - Drama, Romance

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Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ...

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Jorge Fons
Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo
Length: 140 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 6 out of 27 found boring (22.22%)

One-line Reviews (17)

The story is first rate and it has you on the edge of you seat wondering how it all ties together.

The stunning Hayek makes a good performance .

This film is just one banal art-house cliche after another.

With great directing and cinematography, this compelling flick is sure to poke the wrong buttons in all the right ways.

I feel that the scenes of the men playing Dominos at Don Ru's cantina are the most important scenes of the film because it tells the viewer that although the characters presented have complex lives, the actions they take to reach their individual happiness are mundane when you take a look at the bigger picture, especially when you realize the men playing dominoes are older and have gone through many life experiences, perhaps they are trying to tell us to relax and not take life so seriously.

' Moreover, it is full of a few excellent, intense scenes that fully depict the emotion of the characters.

The tale also relies too heavily on colorful/quirky incident and characterization, and melodramatic (as well as predictable) plot developments.

The Mexico City sets are nice, but this film was way too long, and just plain brutal.

It shows this though in a way only movies can do it with charming dialogue, intense actions, and actors that light up the screen by illustrating many different emotions.

This movie is an impressive and exciting story about the people,their feelings,love,desperation,anger and hope.

A slow movie with no psychological depth.

An empty film .

Gender roles are made apparent through men's domino games at Don Ru's bar where women are portrayed as dull, boring, and bothersome.

While this movie isn't spectacular, it is a well told story that becomes increasingly intriguing as it unfolds.

It's formulaic approach suggests it was made to appeal to the middle-aged NPR/PBS crowd (Rashomon-like multiple viewpoints, struggles to come to terms with one's sexuality, exploring the fabric of a generic working class community).

But then she abruptly behaves in an unexpected and unbelievable manner by returning to the pimp and asking for work.

An uninspiring bore that not even the beauty of Hayek can save.