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For the novel with the same name, see La Anam (novel).
La Anam
لا أنام
La Anam DVD cover
Directed by Salah Abouseif
Produced by Abdelhalim Nasr
Ittihad Elfananeen
Written by Ihsan Abdel Quddous
El Sayed Bedeir
Saleh Gawdat
Starring Faten Hamama
Yehia Chahine
Mariem Fakhr el din
See cast below
Music by Fouad El-Zahry
Cinematography Mahmoud Nasr
Abdelhalim Nasr
Distributed by Rotana (DVD)
Release dates
November 31, 1957
Running time
127 minutes
Country Egypt
Language Arabic

La Anam About this sound listen  (Arabic: لا أنام‎, Sleepless) is a 1957 Egyptian melodrama film. The film follows the intricate story of Nadia Lutfi, a daughter of divorced parents who suffers from Electra complex, which drives her to intervene in her father's relationships.[1]

Directed by the Egyptian film director Salah Abu Seif, this film is based on a novel with the same name written by the Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdel Quddous.[2] The film, which is currently ranked the 29th best Egyptian film by the cinema committee of the Supreme Council of Culture in Cairo,[3][4] starred Faten Hamama and Yehia Chahine, along with five other prominent Egyptian actors. It was released on DVD as part of the Egyptian Cinema Classics film collection.[5] La Anam is one of the ten first Egyptian colored films.[6]


Faten Hamama plays Nadia Lutfi, a young woman who belongs to an aristocratic, upper-class family. After her parents divorce each other, her father wins custody of her. She lives with her father (Yehia Chahine) and over the years develops a very close and strong relationship with him to the extent of being sexually attracted towards him, an obsessive behavior known as Electra complex.[4][6][7][8]

At the age of 18, she plunges into a premature relationship with Mustafah (Imad Hamdi), a writer and journalist who is quite older a bit than she is. Meanwhile, her father meets and falls in love with another woman, Safia (Myriam Fakhr Eddine). He decides to marry her, which Nadia is forced to accept. However, her father gradually starts spending more time with his new wife, which galls and displeases Nadia who does not receive an equal amount of love and attention anymore. This compels and drives her to step in and ruin their relationship. Now seeing Safia as her enemy, Nadia plots for revenge from her stepmother. Nadia accuses Safia of having an affair with Aziz (Omar Sharif), Nadia's young uncle.[4][6][7]

To convince her father, Nadia had to ask her friend Kawthar (Hind Rostom), a voluptuous and licentious woman, to seduce her father. Nadia's successful conspiracy results in a divorce between Safia and her father. Not only that, Nadia's father decides to marry her. Enticed by the wealth of Nadia's father, she agrees to marry him. Nadia is devastated when she discovers that Kawthar is having an affair with another young man, Samir (Rushdy Abaza), realizing that Kawthar is only living with her father for his fortunes.[4][6][7]

Mustafah, who had secretly admired Safia, proposed to her after her divorce with Nadia's father. Nadia conceals the truth from her father, worried that such a revelation might strike and shatter him. Her father finds about Samir. Nadia, finding no escape route, lies and tells her father that he is her fiancé. Kawthar nefariously adds that Nadia and Samir are getting married, which Nadia is forced to accept. On the night of her wedding, Nadia shocks her father and the wedding attendants with the startling truth, leaving her father traumatized.[4][6]


Nadia (Faten Hamama) in La Anam


La Anam premiered at the Cinema Miami theater in Cairo on November 31[dubious ], 1957[4] and was met with a lot of success and recognition in Egypt and the Arab-speaking world. This was mainly due to the star-studded cast and the fact that it was one of the earliest colored Egyptian films. The film has maintained its popularity and has been selected amongst the best Egyptian films in 1996 by the Egyptian Film association.[4] However, due to its controversial topic, it wasn't frequently broadcast on television.[9]


  • The well-known Egyptian actress Nadia Lutfi got her stage name from Nadia Lutfi in La Anam.[7][10]


  1. ^ Farid, Samir (1995). Faten Hamama. Egyptian Cultural Development Fund. p. 50. ISBN 977-235-329-6. 
  2. ^ Al Aris, Ibrahim. "The Legacy of Salah Abu Seif". Al Jadid Magazine. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ Farid, Samir. "Top 100". Al-Ahram. Retrieved March 27, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "La Anam" (in Arabic). Faten Hamama's official site. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Sleepless". Ara Movies. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d e لا أنام. Ara Movies (in Arabic). Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c d "La Anam" (in Arabic). Arab Radio and Television Network. Retrieved March 9, 2007. [dead link]
  8. ^ "La Anam plot summary". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sleepless DVD cover" (in Arabic). Fine Art Film. Retrieved March 14, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Al Awael". GDTV. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 

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