An Avante Garde Look at Life
Monday, August 30, 2010
"ساهر الليل" ; A glimpse of "الزمن الجميل"
In the race of Ramadan Sitcoms and Shows, there's one show that really stands out on TV
An ode to the good old days, the sitcom is set in Kuwait in the 70's;
apparently the golden age and "أحلى سنين" as almost every adult in Kuwait seems to
suggest (I wouldn't know I wasn't born yet, sad..)
The Cinematography is amazing, everything was taken into consideration from the
of the shots that all seem to be in shot in that hazy vibrant shade that
is very reminiscent
to that "sepia" option on our modern day cameras,to the clothes
,to the hairstyles, to the cars
(or as they call it "الموتر"on the show which I found
cute) to even the beverages
(everyone seems to be sipping drinks from
vintage coke and miranda glass bottles).
Best of all, the storyline is easy going. No violence, drugs, modern day drama
which all the other shows seem to excel in and which quite frankly is
not just boring, but a
I'm all for showcasing/imitating things that happen in real life, things we might not
believe are happening in our society but actually take place and all that;
but when you
get fed spoon-loads of that every Ramadan and see that drama
occur everywhere one needs to
escape to a better more utopia-istic generation,
and that's exactly what "Sahir Al-Layl" does.
It's all about social relationships; family bonds (it follows the story of 3 families
and their daily
life),romance (the days in which "الجامعه" was a place to "حبني وأحبك"
and where endless love stories took center stage; it's not the same now, we no
longer hear of college romances), and giving the viewers a stroll down memory
lane (I know my mom was blown away by the university scenes that seemed to
remind her of Kuwait University in the seventies, as she commented "ظبطينها").
In one word, it's a delight. Sort of like a chick-flick movie gone all Kuwaiti
Ramadan TV show. No drama, no frowns, just a pleasant easy spin in the
seventies if only for an hour or so; a
ovely escape from politics,drama
and Ramadan stressors.
And as I once tweeted, I feel like
"نسفت القتره على الكتف" is going to be hitting every guy near you post "ساهر الليل"; seventies style will definitely be in.
I feel a "Does Art Imitates Life, or does Life Imitate Art?" discussion coming up.
PS. Gimme sometime I'll get my act straight, and give it all back to you.
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