Hatta La Yattir El-Kokkhan (1984)

Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Egypt  |  
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Independence from Britain and economic changes in Egypt during the years following 1952, are shown to contribute to the moral downfall of a young man in this politically-oriented drama. The impoverished youth manages to attend law school because after 1952, formerly exclusive schools were no longer limited to the aristocracy. The student's early dedication is eroded when wealthy classmates taunt him about his excessive studying, and soon he is partying too much -- until his mother unexpectedly becomes terminally ill, and when she dies, he is alone. Grief-stricken and hating his classmates for what they did to him (they refused to help pay for the medical expenses needed to save his mother), he vows to avenge his mother's death. Just when a new equal trade policy begins, the student -- now graduated -- opens up a commercial law office with every intention of climbing to the top of the economic ladder. By hook or crook, he manages to amass a fortune -- in ways symptomatic of the results of the equal trade policy on society -- and then plans his revenge against his former classmates.

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dedication, grief, injustice, lawyer, ostracism, poverty, revenge, terminal-illness