Return of the Prodigal Son

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Genre
DRAMA
Release Date
1 Aug 2021 (Sun)
Category
IIB (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
124 Minutes
Language
Arabic / Chinese and English Subtitle

Post-screening Talk in Cantonese with Senior Media Professional Sarah Chau and Cheng Chuen Wai

Post-screening Talk in Cantonese with Senior Media Professional Sarah Chau and Cheng Chuen Wai

Director
Youssef Chahine
Cast
Soheir El Morshedi, Choucry Sarhan, Ragaa Hussein, Sayed Ali Kouiret, Aly El Sherif, Hoda Sultan, Mahmoud El Miligui, Magda El Roumi, Ahmed Mehrez, Hisham Selim
Synopsis
When Ali returns home after spending a decade away, he finds himself becoming the bearer of all his family’s hopes and dreams—His fiancée hopes to get the marriage
she’s been dreaming of after waiting 12 years; his nephew hopes for Ali’s help in realizing his dreams of studying abroad; his parents look to him as the key that will revive the family’s greatness; and the villagers hope that he will bring new changes to the family company. However, ten years in jail has drained Ali of passion and motivation, and his return merely hastens the family’s inevitable collapse. Adapting the novel by French author Andre Gide, Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine brings a cynical and colorful take on the bible’s “Parable of the Prodigal Son”. The use of song and-dance musical sequences as well as mentions of historical events like the Egyptian revolution of 1952 and the Six-Day War add extra layers of intrigue to Chahine’s complex tale of one very dysfunctional family.

When Ali returns home after spending a decade away, he finds himself becoming the bearer of all his family’s hopes and dreams—His fiancée hopes to get the marriage
she’s been dreaming of after waiting 12 years; his nephew hopes for Ali’s help in realizing his dreams of studying abroad; his parents look to him as the key that will revive the family’s greatness; and the villagers hope that he will bring new changes to the family company. However, ten years in jail has drained Ali of passion and motivation, and his return merely hastens the family’s inevitable collapse. Adapting the novel by French author Andre Gide, Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine brings a cynical and colorful take on the bible’s “Parable of the Prodigal Son”. The use of song and-dance musical sequences as well as mentions of historical events like the Egyptian revolution of 1952 and the Six-Day War add extra layers of intrigue to Chahine’s complex tale of one very dysfunctional family.
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