Youssef Chahine – Awdat al ibn al dal AKA The Return of the Prodigal Son (1976)


In this Andre Gide adaptation, an activist (Ali Mahrez) is released after many years in prison and returns home, shaking up established relationships among his family members at the farm governed by his strict father. Demonstrating Chahine’s eclecticism, this is an elegant melodrama, exuberant musical, layered allegory, and profound portrait of personal and political disillusionment. This is one of Chahine’s best movies and one of the greatest Arabic films. Great performances by Mahmoud El-Meliguy and Hoda Soltan.


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  • Vaughn

    sorry but there are no subtitles included

  • Eddy Johns

    Do you have the english subtitles? I don’t see them in the mkv file.

  • anybody

    Eng subs. added…