Monday, October 11, 2010
City of Life !
The movie follows the lives of 3 very different people in Dubai. A cab driver, an Emirates stewardess and a local boy from a prominent family.
Natalia is a young Romanian lady working as an Emirates stewardess. Her job pays a decent salary and gives her the chance to travel the world, but she is not happy and has a hole in her life. She dreams to go back to being a ballet dancer, but doesn't seem to have the drive or courage to make the change in her life. Circumstances occurring with her room mate and a new romantic interest do finally push her to make a move.
Faisal, a young man from a local family (his on screen father bearing a striking resemblance to Sheikh Mohammed), is struggling to grow up and take responsibility in his life.
In this, the most revealing of the tales, the movie addresses the trappings of growing up in Dubai as an Emirati in today's Dubai with tremendous wealth in a protected society and where the youth have little moral pressure to take up morally responsible positions.
It will prove to be an eye opener for foreigners in the country who would typically look at the local population as privileged, with everything they desire falling in their lap. Indeed, all is not what meets the eye.
Faisal's father is an upstanding Emirati citizen and strives for his son to achieve something with his life. His friends, however, with no such pressure, continue to lead him astray.
In this vain, and with refreshing openness, the movie deals with a selection of rich locals drinking, fighting, womanizing and leading aimless lives and the challenges this can cause in the city and with society. It brings a fresh, more sympathetic eye onto a very serious issue.