Wadjda
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WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film. (c) Sony Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most radical and cheering message of Wadjda is that a change isn't just possible, but inevitable."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A sweet little film about the human spirit, about want and energy and determination against unfair odds."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"There are important films and there are good films, and the two do not necessarily always overlap. Wadjda is both important and very, very good."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"A warm, winning, restless film...Beautiful, modestly progressive and heartfelt, with a wonderful, brash central performance from first-timer Waad Mohammed."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"This gem of a film is remarkable on many counts."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
""Wadjda" earns extra points just for being what it is. Who knew that, in a country that famously frowns on women driving cars, some are even allowed to make movies?"
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"In Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour's winsome wonder Wadjda, a young girl's aspirations provide an intimate glimpse into the possibilities and limitations of a cloaked culture."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The overall pro-freedom message comes through loud and clear. Rhetorically speaking, the trick of using childish innocence to reveal adult hypocrisy is virtually foolproof."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"The film disguises its liberal editorial message with a superbly veiled screenplay; we're just looking ... but of course, we're also seeing, a much more invasive activity"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa Al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"More than a critique of Saudi society, "Wadjda" offers a character with universal resonance and appeal."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"This is a film to be admired for both its on-screen and off-screen story."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"It's a provocative but credible premise and in exploring it, Al Mansour has come up with an engagingly subversive character. Wadjda is a delight."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"This charming and deceptively simple film about a rebellious young Saudi girl with a dream that defies the culture in which she lives, is a breath of fresh air; the insight into lifestyle and culture fascinating"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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