Movie Diary 8/7/2020

The Perfect Candidate (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2019). The director of the very fine Wadjda (and the not so fine Mary Shelley) guides this likable story of a Saudi woman (Mila Al Zahrani) who runs for local office. It’s an almost accidental decision – she just wants to pave the road to the hospital where she is a doctor – but turns into a small crusade. There are few surprises here, but the candidate and her two sisters are immensely appealing.

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