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Netflix’s First Pan-Arab Anthology Explores Romance Tinged With Dark Comedy: Review

March 8, 2022
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Love, Life & Everything in Between is Netflix’s latest pan-Arab anthology series comprising eight short films. Directed by award-winning directors and filmmakers from across the region, the series delves into different perceptions of love and relationships, with a hint of dark comedy, influenced by the characters and cultures involved. Developed by Egyptian screenwriter, Azza Shalaby, and set to be released on 10 March 2022, the films are directed by Khairy Beshara (Egypt), Mahmoud Sabbagh (Saudi Arabia), Hany Abu-Assad and Amira Diab (Palestinian), Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia), Sandra Bassal (Egypt), Michel Kammoun (Lebanon), Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan (Saudi Arabia), and Hicham Lasri (Morocco). Between romance, comedy, and drama, the show addresses financial struggles in relationships, uneven personalities between partners, self-contemplation, societal pressures and expectations, and the dilemma between conservatism and liberality, among others. With all eight stories taking place on Valentine’s Day, the series explores different interpretations of love and the complications of unique relationships. While some episodes are clear in their messaging and moral of the story, such as the ones directed by Egyptian director Sandra Bassal and Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, others, like the episode directed by Saudi Arabia’s Abdulmohsen…

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