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      Huda's Salon

      R Released Mar 4, 2022 1 hr. 31 min. Mystery & Thriller TRAILER for Huda's Salon: Trailer 1 List
      79% 57 Reviews Tomatometer 80% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Reem, a young mother married to a jealous man, goes to Huda's salon in Bethlehem. But this ordinary visit turns sour when Huda, after having put Reem in a shameful situation, blackmails her to have her work for the secret service of the occupiers, and thus betray her people. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 05 Buy Now

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      Painfully relevant without being heavy-handed, Huda's Salon isn't fully prepared to answer all the questions it raises, but it works well enough as a thriller.

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      brent m For the residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, everyday life is often difficult enough by itself. But, for the women of this repressed society, it can be doubly challenging due to the intimidation and scrutiny inflicted by both government authorities and am often-archaic patriarchal culture, conditions that frequently paint them into uncomfortable corners and leave them with nothing but poor choices. When the Israeli secret police blackmail a middle-aged beauty salon owner into getting her to work for them when she's caught cheating on her husband, she reluctantly agrees to cooperate. She's tasked with recruiting young women to act as informants by drugging them and photographing them in staged compromising positions. With such "evidence" hanging over them, the recruits are coerced into supplying information about the Palestinian resistance in exchange for government silence and paltry tokens of appreciation. But, when the resistance gets wind of what's going on, the salon owner and her recruits are now squarely placed between being exposed as either "cheating spouses" or traitors to their society -- and always by men, regardless of which side they're on. Director Hany Abu-Assad's fact-based, taut sociopolitical thriller thus showcases the twin dilemmas faced by Palestinian women living in a state of siege both from the state and in terms of gender. Told through twin story threads involving the salon owner and one of her recruits (brilliantly portrayed by Manal Awad and Maisa Abd Elhadi, respectively), the film explores its central issues with an edge-of-your-seat quality, moving along at a brisk pace and effectively creating a palpable degree of tension as the narrative plays out. There are times when the dialogue in one of the threads becomes a little heavy-handed and cliched, but, beyond that, there's little to detract from the picture's well-conceived and thoughtful story and script. It even throws in a touch of deliberate ambiguity to illustrate the lack of faith that women frequently experience in a system that makes a lot of promises that can't be fully trusted. Most of all, though, this offering effectively shows that the circumstances in this situation are impacted by influences that go beyond simple, black-and-white politics, carrying ramifications far wider and deeper than what most of us know about. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review len s Overall, I felt this movie was entertaining with a good storyline. The acting was very good. It might be a little too violent for some. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A tense controversial thriller that is thought provoking and entertaining without being predictable. Although not based on a true story, it is based on true events. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Namrata Joshi The New Indian Express Huda’s Salon goes deeper and gets more metaphorical in dealing with espionage and the concomitant compromises and betrayals. Oct 26, 2023 Full Review Anna Smith Deadline Hollywood Daily A tense and culturally fascinating watch about women battling an impossible situation. Mar 7, 2022 Full Review Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Awad is particularly superb... Even when you don’t believe the movie she’s in, you believe her entirely. Mar 5, 2022 Full Review Graeme Tuckett Stuff.co.nz In a brisk and efficient -- even slightly rushed -- 91 minutes, Huda's Salon lays out a story of women at war that will stay with you. Very recommended. Rated: 4/5 Apr 20, 2023 Full Review Emilio Luna El antepenúltimo mohicano An honest and powerful film. [Full Review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Aug 1, 2022 Full Review Carlos Bonfil La Jornada ... A stupendous political thriller that raises questions about gender discrimination in a novel way. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 1, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Reem, a young mother married to a jealous man, goes to Huda's salon in Bethlehem. But this ordinary visit turns sour when Huda, after having put Reem in a shameful situation, blackmails her to have her work for the secret service of the occupiers, and thus betray her people.
      Director
      Hany Abu-Assad
      Executive Producer
      Emilie Georges, Mathieu Delaunay, Ossama Bawardi, Sawsan Asfari
      Screenwriter
      Hany Abu-Assad
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Lagoonie Film Production, Doha Film Institute, MAD Solutions, Cocoon Films, Philistine Films, H & A Productions, Film-Clinic, KeyFilm
      Rating
      R (Disturbing Violent Content|Graphic Nudity)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 4, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 4, 2022
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $14.4K
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