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Cairo Conspiracy(ولد من الجنة)

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Sweden, France, Finland · 2022
2h 1m
Director Tarik Saleh
Starring Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares, Mohammad Bakri, Makram J. Khoury
Genre Drama, Thriller

Adam, the son of a fisherman, is given the chance to study at a prestigious university in Cairo. Shortly after his arrival, the institution’s Grand Imam suddenly dies, rendering him a pawn in the power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.

Stream Cairo Conspiracy

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The Playlist by Jihane Bousfiha

Saleh’s film works on many different levels because it’s a layered blend of various elements from different genres. He has crafted a spy thriller that succeeds as a coming-of-age narrative and can also be an entertaining film that keeps you captivated up until the final breathtaking moments.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

It’s a familiar template, and Saleh’s direction can veer toward the heavy-handed in places, but it’s also an intriguingly damning portrait of the corruption currently hitting Egypt on all levels.


The Film Stage by Luke Hicks

Though struggling with some pacing issues, it’s mostly an engaging, well-performed drama that offers a fascinating peek into an institution matched in significance only by the Vatican itself.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It’s a movie that is boldly anti-clerical, juxtaposing the spectacle of faith with a hidden reality of corruption and hypocrisy – although in the final act I sensed that it perhaps did not quite have the courage of its satirical convictions.


Variety by Peter Debruge

What we’re dealing with here is a fairly conventional political thriller — think “House of Cards,” minus the sleek David Fincher aesthetic or much in the way of suspense — set in a world no one has dared to explore on screen before now.


IndieWire by Sophie Monks Kaufman

Boy From Heaven wants to offer up a character study of a young Muslim man who ends up in hell and keeps going. Sadly, a deep and meaningful portrait of Adam is forgotten as the film — like the state officials it depicts — prioritizes functionality above all else.

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