this is a movie that deals with very sensitive issues in the Arabic society of Egypt. Corruption, homosexuality, adultery, drug trade, are the main issues that are dealt with. Yacoubian building is the place that symbolizes the modern society, which is reflected by certain types of individuals, the Basha, who has a noble family name, and is unaware of his reality any more and cannot find himself anywhere except in bed with different women, and with bottles of wine. The character is played excellently by Adel Imam, one of Egypt's best superstar actors. Then we have the highly successful journalist, who leads one of Egypt's most successful news papers, he has the money, has everything, but his sexuality is his downfall, as he turns out to be homosexual, and tries hard not to give this image about himself, he is always in a struggle, which eventually leads to his demise. Then we have the car dealer, a multi-millionaire who tries to show himself as a virtuous man, but he is a symbol of corruption, and a drug dealer who does not stop from doing anything to keep his business going. There are many other types of individuals, each has his story to tell, and each is a part of the building, that combine all these strange cases together.
Now, the themes themselves are very sensitive issues in the Arabic society, and you hardly find a movie that deals so blatantly with ideas like homosexuality for instance, as it is highly taboo. This is an advantage in the favor of this movie. The acting is excellent, the movie combines a great selection of Egypt's star actors. What I did not like about it, is that sometimes it does get repetitive, and it tends to exaggerate things in order to achieve credibility.
The ending is good, not unexpected, but still interesting. I think it has been a while since I have seen such a good Egyptian movie, which at some points is disturbing, and gets you thinking. I think you have to watch this movie, it is quite good.