The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate

A young Saudi female doctor decides to run for an office in a municipal election in this drama from renowned filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda, Mary Shelley).

Al-Mansour's statement about the film: "Through her journey I want to show an optimistic view of the role women can play in Saudi society and the contributions they can make towards forging their own destinies. I want to encourage Saudi women to take a chance and break away from the system that for so long has held us back. Change must ultimately be sustained and driven by the people who are most in need of improvements and increased mobility in their daily lives."

2020101 minsSaudi Arabia, GermanyArabic and English with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Haifaa Al-Mansour ('Wadjda', 'Mary Shelley', 'Nappily Ever After')
Writer:
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Cast:
Mila AlzahraniNora Al AwadhDae Al Hilali
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Al Mansour certainly appears more committed to this project than she did her more Western-centric projects “Mary Shelley” and “Nappily Ever After,” yet its personality lies entirely in the characters rather than the story or any filmmaking style.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Despite strong presence in those scenes where Maryam speaks truth to power, Alzahrani doesn’t quite have the charisma to make her substantially more than a representative figure.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The Perfect Candidate can feel sedate and disjointed as a broad portrait of empowerment, but this is nothing if not a movie of its time...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What The Perfect Candidate lacks in sophistication it makes up for in intuition, entwining the longtime taboos of music (especially the female voice) and women's active participation in political life in a positive storyline.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Perfect Candidate is a simple story, told without frills or even much in the way of nuance. But it’s socked through with great power, conviction and an underlying hope for a better world.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Al Mansour certainly appears more committed to this project than she did her more Western-centric projects “Mary Shelley” and “Nappily Ever After,” yet its personality lies entirely in the characters rather than the story or any filmmaking style.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Despite strong presence in those scenes where Maryam speaks truth to power, Alzahrani doesn’t quite have the charisma to make her substantially more than a representative figure.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The Perfect Candidate can feel sedate and disjointed as a broad portrait of empowerment, but this is nothing if not a movie of its time...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What The Perfect Candidate lacks in sophistication it makes up for in intuition, entwining the longtime taboos of music (especially the female voice) and women's active participation in political life in a positive storyline.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Perfect Candidate is a simple story, told without frills or even much in the way of nuance. But it’s socked through with great power, conviction and an underlying hope for a better world.

4.0

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