Wadjda (2012)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Director/Writer Haifaa al-Mansour | Cinematographer Lutz Reitemeier | Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah | Length 97 minutes | Seen at Cineworld Fulham Road, London, Tuesday 23 July 2013 || My Rating 3.5 stars very good

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If the story of the making of Wadjda — notably the first feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, and one written and directed by a woman — somewhat overshadows the film itself, I don’t mean that to be a criticism, for the story is a remarkable one, and the film is perfectly enjoyable. In fact, I’d be surprised if anyone said they really hated Wadjda, for it has a sweet and earnest charm to it, even if it may not be the height of sophisticated filmmaking technique.

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