While we, at El-Shai, decided not to overproduce Ramadan series content this year, we can’t ignore the ninth episode of “Al Harsha Al Sabaa,” which depicts a real-life confrontation between two parties in a relationship who have accumulated problems and pains over the years.
The scene of the confrontation between Nadine and Adam, played by Amina Khalil and Mohamed Shahin, in El Harsha El Sabaa was excessive and painful to witness for many, including myself. Still, ultimately very realistic – and art is meant to provoke feeling even if it’s a bad one.
However, this scene goes beyond just being a powerful moment in television drama. The scene is almost 13 minutes of just one conversation that you feel happened in a minute. It captures the harsh realities of marriage and relationships, delivering a nuanced and multi-layered dialogue that reflects the problems faced by any man or woman in any household. The scene alone could have truly been a short movie by itself.
Al Harsha Al Sabaa and the Realistic Portrayal of Marriage
Marriage is a universal topic that has been explored in literature, cinema, and drama for centuries. However, most depictions of marriage in media are idealistic and do not reflect the reality of most marriages. The unrealistic portrayal of marriage in media can lead to false expectations and disappointment, especially for young couples. Therefore, a realistic portrayal of marriage in drama is essential to raise awareness of the challenges and realities of marriage.
El Harsha El Sabaa’s ninth episode sets a new standard for the realistic portrayal of marriage in drama. The scene is so realistic and agonizing that it brings back painful memories of every fight you’ve had with your partner or every couple you know who broke up for the same reasons.
The Genius of the Dialogue
In this scene, Nadine and Adam have been married for years, and the years of marriage have changed them, even if the love was there initially. The dialogue between them is realistic, and every word spoken conveys the pain and problems that any husband or wife would want to say.
The dialogue in this scene is excellent and addresses all the pent-up issues that any wife or husband would want to say. The years of marriage have changed them, even if the love was there initially. However, despite all this love, no one could accept criticism from their partner.
This scene summarized years of marriage, problems, repression, lack of confrontation, and accumulations in just a few minutes. It is literally the most realistic scene about marriage we have ever seen in an Arab or foreign series or movie.
They exchange accusations without interrupting each other and listen and respond to each other’s statements. This real discussion that takes place is not acted, but rather a stroke of genius. The dialogues are nuanced and multi-layered, with each party bringing their perspectives and issues to the table. This scene is one of the most important scenes in Egyptian drama as it reflects the problems of every man and woman in every household.
And The Power of Silence
One of the most striking aspects of this scene is the power of silence. There are moments where the characters say nothing, yet their body language and facial expressions convey so much. A thousand looks, movements, and moments of silence say a thousand meanings and more. This silence allows the audience to reflect on the scene and draw their conclusions.
Director’s Subtle Touch
The director Karim El-Shenawy’s genius composition plays a crucial role in this scene. Each frame is crafted with utmost care and precision, and the visual storytelling is impeccable. The director’s attention to detail is evident throughout the scene, with the camera movements and angles used to create a sense of tension and drama.
Karim El-Shenawy directs the scene with a subtle touch and without showing off. For example, the washing machine behind Adam. He presents a smart and terrifying meal of maturity without doing too much. The direction is elegant and sophisticated, with a focus on the characters and their emotions. The director’s genius lies in the fact that he allows the scene to speak for itself without being too heavy-handed.
The ninth episode of “Al Harsha Al Sabaa” delivers a realistic and nuanced portrayal of the problems faced by any married couple. The power of silence and the director’s subtle touch make this scene a standout moment in Egyptian television drama.
The scene’s universal themes and expert execution make it a must-watch for anyone interested in the complexities of relationships. This episode of “Al Harsha Al Sabaa” is a clear standout and a testament to the power of excellent writing and direction in television drama.