Kenaoui,lame and simple-minded, sells newspapers at Cairo railway station. He falls for Hanouma, a beautiful and provocative drinks seller. But she rejects his advances, having eyes only for the station porter. Driven mad by humiliation, Kenaoui sees just one solution.
“I consider that the relationships between individuals and society are often distorted by the role society forces you to play.” (Y. Chahine)
Shot entirely in a natural setting, Cairo Station inevitably recalls the Italian neo-realism. Chahine – who plays the leading role – shows us close up the suffering and broken illusions of ordinary people in Cairo.