Wadjda Film Review2

THE WHO:

Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Algohani, Noof Saad [hr]

THE WHAT:

Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi director of a feature film, presents a film about a precocious 11-year-old girl obsessed with getting a bike and trying to be independent in a place that frowns on it. [hr]

THE BIG DEAL:

What’s so wonderful to watch about this film is the slow disintegration of a girl’s innocence. As Wadjda gets in trouble and tries to swindle money for a bike, what you’re really watching is a regular kid make kid mistakes in a place that isn’t as tolerant or patient of it.

Meanwhile, Wadjda’s family begins to slowly crumble under her nose in a nonchalant way due to tradition. It’s all interesting stuff and the film is done so in a whimsical way that makes it embraceable. [hr]

Grade: B+

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