From oldies to Indies, here are our favourite Arabic picks on Netflix right now.
Who woulda thunk the day would come that you could Netflix & Chill in Arabic ? It’s not quite ‘all Arabic all the time’ but there’s certainly enough movies (from golden oldies to innovative indies) to keep you on your couch for a substantial portion of this ‘is-it-safe-is-it-not-safe’ summer. These are our nine top flick-picks but we’d also love for you to share your own recommendations in the comment box…
EL MASEER // DESTINY
Youssef Chahine’s gripping exploration of radicalism in Muslim-occupied Spain. Features a star-studded cast including Nour El Sherif, Laila Eloui, and Mohamed Mounir.
Directed by Yusri Nasrullah and starring Yousra. A wealthy man with Communist ties gets caught in a web of crime-related family drama.
Starring Ahmed El Fishawy and Amina Khalil. A devout Muslim husband is torn between his love of God and his love for the king of pop.
BANAT EL A’AAM // THE COUSINS
Comedy starring Chico, Ahmed Fahmi and Hesham Maged. Three female cousins wake up one day to find themselves in mens’ bodies.
KEDA REDA // CAN’T COMPLAIN
Comedy starring Ahmed Helmy. Triplets are forced to share one identity. Before long, they find themselves sharing the same love interest.
Crime-thriller starring Tarek Lotfy, Amina Khalil and Ahmed Dawood. A financially-strapped middle-class couple is desperate to get married when fate presents them with a doctor selling organs in a desert hospital.
Comedy starring Karim Kassem. A Maadi-raised movie director finds himself on a night-long escapade with his chauffeur and a prostitute.
AN EGYPTIAN STORY
The great Mounir / Chahine classic ‘Hadouta Masreya’ is the story of a man undergoing surgery and whose heart-chamber becomes a courtroom in which he is tried for his mistakes.
THE BLUE ELEPHANT
Thriller starring Karim Abdelaziz (adapted from Ahmed Mourad’s controversial bestselling novel). A young psychologist and widower takes on a patient case that finds him regularly taking DMT pills and confronting the supernatural.