The Return of the Prodigal Son

Awdat al ibn al dal

124 mins
7.2 / 10 (225)
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After spending 10 years in prison, the political activist Ali returns home. His family is eagerly waiting for him, hoping that he will save them from the tyranny of his older brother, Tolba. However, soon they must realize that Ali’s morale and idealism have been replaced by conformity and apathy.

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As part of our Youssef Chahine focus, we present one of the great auteur’s most multi-layered films. Deploying a panoply of complex characters and relationships, Return of the Prodigal Son is an incisive domestic drama with a sharp eye for its family dynamics and inseparable sociopolitical context.

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