Midaq Alley

 (72)7.42 h 24 min199516+
Winner of more than 49 international awards, this adaptation of Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfuz's novel, transposed to Mexico City, features one of Salma Hayek's first starring roles.
Jorge Fons
Salma HayekMaria RojoBruno Bichir
English [CC]
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Ernesto Gomez CruzMargarita Sanz
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John Alan DayReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great flick
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I love foreign movies and this flick coud be one of the best I have see. For openers, it's in Spanish with easy to read English subtitles. The story is excellent; a peak into the lives of "ordinary" Mexicans in a non-affluent area. Then there are the subplots -- women chasing me for love and security; men being men in a local bar; young men seeking their fortunes in the U.S., only to return discouraged. As for the ending, I won't spoil it for you but the movie didn't end the way I wanted it to finish. Watch Midaq Alley and enjoy it, the actors, the scenery, the story.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
a sprawling story of several families
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very interesting script. focuses on life in a poor area of a city, where people have their flaws. shows the story from several different angles, from different people's perspective. a pair of star-crossed lovers is one focus, also a family with a gay and mean patriarch and a wayward son. with all their flaws you wind up rooting for them, and feel bad when things go awry. the 150 mins glide by quickly, and it does not feel that long. beautifully directed, and nicely acted by the entire cast.
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Ric BrownReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Awards? Seriously?!
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It's beyond my capacity to understand how this movie got ANY awards, much less numerous prestigious awards. It was pretty much just views of perpetual misery from many, MANY different angles, with little difference in perspectives. And all without any redeeming qualities. That was sixteen hours of my life that I will never get back.

What's that? Two and a half hours? That movie was only TWO AND A HALF HOURS LONG!

I will say this, though (and it's why I gave it two stars instead of one), the acting was EXCELLENT. Also, the cinematography was very good. In fact, I would say that it traded in all believability and, in return, got absolutely nothing.
bisschiReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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I recommend this movie to everyone who likes to watch movies that "moves you" ,touch your soul and you continue thinking about it ,day in and day out for a very long time.Beautiful movie. Love it. Great story(book),great director, great acting. Full package.
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H. JuarezReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the most important Mexican films of the decade ...
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One of the most important Mexican films of the decade of the 90's is undoubtedly "The Callejon de Los Milagros" in addition to the performances of Salma Hayek, Ernesto Gomez Cruz is a classic that must be included in our video library.
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Monikin EastReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
... its author Naguid Mahfuz who is one of my favorite writers. Though this movie is an adaptation with ...
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Have read the book from its author Naguid Mahfuz who is one of my favorite writers. Though this movie is an adaptation
with Mexico city as the background, of the book's theme seen from different eyes, it is engaging and touching. I do recommend
this film. Salma Hayek is very good as the ambitious girl first, and woman later whose ambition links her with the wrong person,
who enslave her and sells her. The end though expected still touch one's heart. I truly enjoyed this fill. The Director Jorge Fons.
knows how to get your attention.
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Kalankit HaseenaReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
All I want to say is "Wow"
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At the beginning, it seemed soap-operatic. As the characters unfolded, my cynicism disappeared. ALL the actors have worked hard to create detail. The ending sneaks up to an emotional moment. Most film adaptations don't live up to the novel, but this interpretation is golden.
AdimReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Slice of Mexican life
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It is somewhat like a Novela, only its so much better! Feels real, as it’s in Spanish and moves you to experience a range of emotions and you become involved in the characters lives. It’s just as relevant and interesting today as when it was made.
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