Sever (2018)

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Sever: Directed by Matthew Ryan Anderson. With Batya Cruz, Maia Kavchak, Garret Caillouet, London Grace. A violent patient escapes an asylum to exact her revenge on a unsuspecting young couple.

“This 6-episode series is a solid production from Jordan. I like to point my opinion in specific points if you bear with men1- Its main case (and almost all cast) are females, which is something new to Jordan and even Arabic drama.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e2- The music/songs in the series are pretty solid, seem to come from different accents. I didnu0026#39;t like it though when Liann was lip-singing to a well-known Arabic song for 3 minutes in Ep 3 or 4. Just felt very unauthentic. Otherwise music was superior.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e3- The acting was mostly well-done, you could feel the expressions of pain/anger/joy on their faces are mostly real. Occasionally though you could feel it was amateurish.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e4- The accent used was the u0026quot;modernu0026quot; Arabic spoken in Jordan, claimed to be one spoken by the wealthy even though I donu0026#39;t think thatu0026#39;s true. However itu0026#39;s a dialect that the cast and producer probably felt more comfortable using but itu0026#39;s why other reviewers were disappointed calling this series a poor representative of the authentic traditional Jordanian accent.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e5- the series focus on toxic relationships between students and bullying. I donu0026#39;t remember this being portrayed in Arab series before despite it happening in all Jordanian schools I know of (happened in my school and every Jordanian friend of mine in other schools).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e6- There are some subtle feminist messages – itu0026#39;s not shameful to talk about your period, how women get degraded for being in love, u0026quot;the honoru0026quot; of a girl being permanently lost for sending a slightly inappropriate picture. I like how subtle but important these messages were.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI understand if others didnu0026#39;t like the series as much as I did. Possibly other men wonu0026#39;t relate to it as much. But the ones who gave it a u0026quot;1u0026quot; are Jordanians triggered by a strong female cast, the discussion of tabooed topics, girls not being dressed very conservatively, the modern Jordanian accent….etc. The themes that this series focuses on are very widespread in Jordanian schools and in the society. Tina Shomali tried to avoid controversial scenes (no kissing) or language (no heavy swearing) in order to not distract from the main focus of the series.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall I think she and the crew did a great job.”

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