Sahar El Layaly

So, yesterday, we went to downtown Tunis to check out if we still could get tickets to this one-man-show for New Year’s Eve, and as we were there, we found out this Egyptian movie called Sahar El Layaly was debuting in one of the cinemas and that some of the stars of the movie would be there. So, we thought we’d go for it and check the movie out.

The movie was great. I really enjoyed it.
The actors in this movie did a great job and were very good. The 8 main stars were: Sherif Mounir, Mona Zaki, Hanan Tork, Ahmad Hilmi, Gihan Fadel, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Ola Ghanem and Khaled Abol Naga.

The story is about 4 couples (married & non-married) and the problems they face, with each couple’s problem handling an important issue in today’s society.
The movie is quite free and doesn’t put any limits or taboos on how to discuss the issue at hand showing french kisses, sex and a shower scene. Stuff that you wouldn’t usually find in Arabic movies.
Some people say it’s provocative, but i think it’s all necessary to shed light on the issues and to accurately mirror the reality.
There’s also some comedy thrown in mainly by Sherif Mounir and Ahmad Hilmi, who are both great comedians.

I find it very interesting how Egyptian cinema is going through a make-over with this new generation of actors, directors, screenwriters and producers. A lot of great movies have been coming out lately that can actually compete at an international level.

Sherif Mounir, Ola Ghanem and Khaled Abol Naga were there at the opening, and we managed to get autographs by Sherif Mounir. So that’s cool.

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