Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Al Watar - A tune that can only be played by two

I just watched this movie on TV  the night it was aired for the first time, I liked it a lot and wanted to write about it ..

Ghada Adel: Maissa 
Arwa Gouda : Menna 
Mostafa Shaaban: Seleem 
Ahmed El Saadany: Hassan 
Swasan Badr : The Mother 
Written by: Mohamed Nayer 
Directed by: Magdy EL Hawary 
Music by:  Sa7ara

I liked the movie as a whole.. It would seem in the beginning that its another crime mystery movie were the killer is the least expected character , but it turns out to be totally different, what we discover through the movie is more shocking than knowing the identity of the killer.                      

Probably I don't know the right technical terms for these things, but the cinematography is matching so much with the mood.. gloomy and dark. The way Maissa always appears with shadows on her face makes you try to look closer to figure out what is she about , it adds to the mystery of the whole thing. 

The scenes are quick and events flow rapidly back and forth in time, and also in the imagination of the characters.. so missing a minute would make you feel lost. 

The music is just WoW! .. the final scene where both Maissa and Menna are playing while the whole story reveals in Selim's head as if the dual tune whispered to him the secrets of the truth .. They killed Hassan together in slow motion as if they danced in a couple dance on the tune.. I got goosebumps.. looking at their eyes and thinking how they both suffered from long years of insecurity and Hassan whom they both hung some hopes on, betrayed them and disappointed their expectations.."He deserved it!", thats what I thought while he was dying with their hands on the an amazing piece of music.. 

Menna's character is brilliant! How she seemed at first so sweet and needy , always insecure and helpless, the existence of her sister makes her weak, hateful and submissive.. Then, the layers start to fall revealing the power within her ..actually she is only complete with her sister's existence, that's only when she is in full power, and confident. She forms with her "A tune that can only be played by two" 
Really brilliant ! that quote really sums up the whole thing.

Maissa in my eyes is a protector.. she protected her sister , mother and herself by the only way her corrupt upbringing made her think of.. I admire her much..she is strong ..though yet she is also incomplete without Menna. 

I couldn't figure out Seleem.. did he realize the truth of his unfaithful wife from the beginning and that what made him emotionally unstable? or that the fact he killed her by mistake? but in both cases it made him the right man in the right place.. to set the girls free with a perfect shot right in their head of their perverted step father. 

Arwa Gouda is a great actress with amazing abilities, Ghada Adel as well did a good job.. As for Mostafa Shaaban , I'd say he wasn't bad as this role was far away from being romantic which never suits him in my opinion . Ahmed El Saadany was perfect for the girls player role ..but didn't convince me as a heart breaker who is able to make both girls fall for him. 

Sa7ara the band did a great job with music.. was out of this world!

As a whole the film is really good and I enjoyed it.