The Other

The Other (, translit.El akhar, ) is a 1999 French-Egyptian drama film directed by Youssef Chahine. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.


Love sparks when Adam, back visiting Cairo from University of California, Los Angeles, meets Haname, native journalist from a smaller town of Egypt in seek of a juicy story to expose the gritty truth about corruption running rampant in the country. A sappy romance between the two youth ensues, and the two quickly get married in the breathtaking deserts of Egypt. Adam's mother, Margaret, very much Americanized and obsessed with Western culture, expresses much displeasure with her son's rash decision to marry a girl such as Haname, when it would be better to marry a wealthy Western woman, believing "money is the only thing that binds." Out of an unhealthy attachment with her son, she stalks information on Haname based on what he told her (something she has done before), and finds that her son's newlywed is related to a terrorist in another conflict-ridden part of the Middle East. Hoping to get Adam to divorce Haname, she tells him about her findings but it backfires, costing her his trust. Still, Haname and Adam come to butt heads when he finds out Haname has been trying to find dirt on the corrupted, wealthy Americans that his father has been in connection with in Cairo, and demands that she stop what she's doing. She remains firm in continuing her work, however, threatening their marriage to fall apart.