The Aquarium (2008)

Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - Egypt, France, Germany  |  
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The hostess of a nighttime radio call-in show crosses paths with a private clinic employee who moonlights at a shady abortion clinic in this Cairo-based drama from director Yousry Nasrallah. The Cairo snow falling gently outside her studio, radio hostess Laila counsels listeners on problems relating to their love lives. Laila's program is popular because bored listeners can live vicariously through the sordid tales of others, and local anaesthetist Youssef rarely misses a show. By day Youssef works at a reputable private clinic, but by night he supplements his income by giving illegal abortions. Youssef's father is dying of cancer, and Laila's program provides the only bit of enjoyment that the man's harried son finds in a typical day. One day son, Youssef and Laila's paths will cross for the very first time.