Friday, November 9, 2012

An Abnormal Girl (1964)

An Abnormal Girl (1964) - (Showeikar)

Plot summary: This film directed by Ahmed Diaeddin depicts a picaresque chain of events in which a girl (Showeikar) is modeling swimsuits, then is taken away from the scene by her fiance when as a model she attracts inappropriate attention from a group of men. The two then find themselves at a party in a villa where a physician attempts to enlist her services as a model for his paintings, but this too is deemed inappropriate by her fiance, who attempts to have the physician charged with lewd behavior with the help of some compromising photos he has obtained with the help of his photographer friend. The girl finds a job as a cabaret waitress; while working there she learns her father is in prison. She goes to meet him when he is released, and is surprised to find that his second wife is also there to meet him. This is so traumatic for her that she attemts to kill herself by jumping into the Nile, but is rescued by one of her father's men, who takes her in a coma to her father's home. When she regains consciousness she finds her father in the room with her and thinks he is the one who has abducted her. She flees, breaks a leg while climbing out a window and is treated by the same painter/physician she had met at the party. She learns that this physician had not been guilty of lewd intentions after all. However, when questioned and accused in court the physician commits suicide. Her father attempts to take her with him from the court but she refuses to go with him. She makes her way through a maze of hallways at the courthouse and then disappears.

Cast and crew: Ahmed Diaeddin, Rushdy Abaza, Ahmed Ramzy, Youssef Fakhreddine, Youssef Fakhr Eddine, Shouweikar, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Tewfik El Dekn, Adly El-Mowalid, Victor Antoun, Adel Adham, Mimi Shakeeb, Madiha Kamel, Abdel Khalek Saleh, Fatheya Chahine, Mohammed Abaza

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