Luxor (12A)

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Hana is seeking mental peace and physical respite after an overwhelming period spent working at a clinic in Ramtha, on the Jordanian-Syrian border, where she specialised in treating victims wounded in the war in Syria. She finds solace in majestic Luxor, Egypt, where she lived in her 20s and dated a handsome archaeologist, Sultan, who was also studying there.

On this nostalgic solo trip, she lingers through memory-filled hotel lobbies and ancient sites as she begins to grapple with her grief and her emotions from the war but when she runs into Sultan on a ferry crossing unexpectedly, the chemistry is undeniable. In this restrained story of romance post-trauma, Riseborough shines as the naturally playful and delicately subdued Hana.

★★★★ “beautifully sparse character study amid Egypt’s ancient glory”The Guardian
★★★★ “yet director Zeina Durra takes us by surprise, her study of emotional scar tissue never earnest or brutal… Hana’s poise is impeccable. So too the film”Financial Times
★★★★ “Mesmerising, beguiling, a standout film…extraordinary”The Times

 

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