Real-life romance doesn't bear much resemblance to Hollywood romance. Low-key, bittersweet flirtations are a lot more realistic than torrid affairs or happily-ever-afters.

Real-life romance doesn't bear much resemblance to Hollywood romance. Low-key, bittersweet flirtations are a lot more realistic than torrid affairs or happily-ever-afters.

In "Cairo Time," a magazine editor (Patricia Clarkson) travels to Egypt to visit her U.N.-worker husband. He's been detained but arranges for his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to escort his wife around the city. Unexpectedly, they fall for each other.

This story simmers slowly, but you won't feel bored watching Clarkson wander around Cairo, looking just as stunning as her surroundings. Clarkson can convey an incredible array of emotions without words, and the last five minutes of her performance are heartbreaking.