A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Learning to confront and come to terms with your past. Removing yourself from the materialistic world and striving to help others less fortunate.
Positive Role Models
Hana is an aid worker who dedicates her time to helping others in countries around the world. She's an independent woman, travels alone, and navigates her way around these foreign landscapes without needing the assistance of others. In many ways she is a free-spirit. However, she is also quite lonely and haunted by her memories.
Violence & Scariness
Someone collapses due to the heat of the sun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestion of a one-night stand as a character is seen leaving a hotel room. Another scene depicts two characters lying in bed, post-coital, both naked but covered by the bedsheets.
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One use of the word "f--k" and some use of "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Characters stay in fancy hotels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke cigarettes socially. A character is seen drunk, dancing in front of a room full of people. Two characters smoke pot together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Luxor is a pensive romantic drama about an aid worker who must come to terms with her past, with some drinking, drugs, infrequent language, and suggested sexual encounters. Hana (Andrea Riseborough) is presented as a very dynamic, independent female lead. She is strong-willed and travels around Egypt and other foreign nations entirely by herself, very much having her wits about her. She is vitally flawed, with her emotional fragility -- particularly evident after encountering a former lover -- providing a realistic portrayal. The language is infrequent with one use of "f--k." Hana has sexual encounters with more than one man, but these are suggested, not depicted. She is seen sneaking out of a hotel room following a one-night stand, and later she is seen lying in bed with somebody else, naked, but covered by the bedsheets. Characters drink alcohol socially and smoke. In one scene, a character becomes quite drunk -- she humiliates herself, so it's not presented in a particularly positive light. Two characters also share a joint together. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Luxor is a movie that is very much for the patient viewer. A slow-burning, pensive drama, it languishes through its narrative as calmly and nonchalantly as its main character, Hana, wanders through the streets of the Egyptian city. Indeed the city of Luxor is integral to the story, with its history adding to the movie's precarious balance of past and present.
Some viewers may struggle with the pace of the movie, as it's fair to say not a lot happens. But the movie does remain an absorbing character study that thrives in the notion of haunted memories, and how the past can catch up, painfully, with the present. Though a flawed film that lacks dramatic tension at times, thanks to the brilliant turn by Riseborough, Zeina Durra's second feature remains engaging for its modest 85-minute runtime.
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