The Perfect Candidate

Haifaa Al-Mansour (2019)

Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Tareq Al Khaldi Rated PG Run time 104 mins

From Haifaa Al-Mansour (who directed the incredible WADJDA – the first feature film ever made by a female Saudi director) comes a new political drama about a young female Saudi doctor who runs for office in her local city election. Never one to be dragged down though, Al-Mansour approaches the subject with a deft and perhaps surprisingly light touch, highlighting the human joys of her characters even against an oppressive albeit progressing backdrop.

93% – Rotten Tomatoes

“A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change.”

“[Haifaa al-Mansour] goes where no one’s gone before and makes it look easy.”

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