Wadjda Saturday, 04 April 2020

Wadjda

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    One to Wadjda.

  • Starring:

    Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd, Sultan Al Assaf, Dana Abdullilah, Nouf Saad, Ibrahim Almozael, Mohammed Zahir

  • Directed by:

    Haifaa Al-Mansour

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A girl is teased, falls over. A man plays a violent video game (punching, gunfire). Objects smashed. Yelling, arguing. Martyrdom, bombs, explosives discussed. Blood/gore: Scraped knee.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A construction worker makes a lewd remark to a young girl. Lover mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, teasing. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Women, Islam, Saudi Arabia, mother-daughter relationships, ambition, Koran, recitation, competition, friendship, culture, religion, custom, entrepreneurs, schooling, dignity, respect, honour, shame, polygamy, arranged marriage, segregation, Sharia Law.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Fireworks. Arabic language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Phenomenal, honest, funny, emotional, smart, multidimensional, miraculous, groundbreaking, light, upbeat, hopeful, simple, solid, beautiful, terrific, moving, eye-opening, poignant, rare, charming, striking, delightful. Standout performances, watertight screenplay, believable characters, clear storytelling, meditative style, tight editing, enormous warmth and comedy, consistently fascinating, deeply affecting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Some raw performances, a few obvious metaphors.

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