Film Nibbles

I watched The Angel the other night, the true story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser’s son-in-law. He was also a special adviser to Nasser’s successor, Anwar Sadat, at the same time he served as an asset to Israeli Intelligence. I found the film fascinating (though motivations were a bit confusing from time to time), up until near the end. Somehow, it sort of fell apart late in the game, but I’m glad I watched it nonetheless and I’d recommend it. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling book, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, by Uri Bar-Joseph. The actor who briefly played Muammar Gaddafi, Tsahi Halevi, was a very visible cast member of Fauda, which I just finished watching a few days ago.

Speaking of Fauda, I found both seasons  absolutely riveting. I sort of wish I’d gone back to watch season 1 again before starting season 2, as I was confused for a while, but not irretrievably so. I can’t say enough about how well the subtitles were done; I simply forgot I wasn’t watching it in English.

Speaking of foreign television series, season 2 of The Break will be available on Netflix on February 9. Season 1 of this Belgian TV series was fantastic. I can hardly wait to see season 2.

 

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