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      The Perfect Candidate

      Released May 14, 2021 1 hr. 41 min. Drama TRAILER for The Perfect Candidate: Trailer 1 List
      93% 82 Reviews Tomatometer 62% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian's approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 01 Buy Now

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

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      kdd I loved the movie! A chance to get a glimpse of Saudi society. Very nicely done. Well acted, nice music and touching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/17/21 Full Review David H Terrific screenplay showing family conflict, personal growth, cultural/religious background, and political dynamics. The basic story is about the eldest daughter in a family of Saudi musicians who has become an MD because she has stagefright, and who signs up to be a candidate for the rural municipal council as an offhand byproduct of trying to get a computer error corrected so she can have permission to leave the Kingdom and attend a conference in Dubai that will give her a chance for a job in Riyadh that will get her out of the anti-woman bias at her local medical clinic. On top of everything else, the film gently satirizes modern political campaigning. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/16/21 Full Review david l The Perfect Candidate is a wonderfully subtle and not at all on-the-nose movie in its feminist message. It takes an important look into the changing Saudi society when it comes to basic women's rights, making it very timely as it captures this important period effortlessly. The acting is great and the ending is quite moving. This is an even better, more confident movie from Haifaa al-Mansour than her previous feature, Wadjda. Both films were snubbed by the Academy for some reason. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave d I wanted to like 'The Perfect Candidate' much more than I did, but it's all too often unfocused and wandering. There's a subplot here that sometimes engulfs the film. When on track and focused on the titular character, this Saudi Arabian feature is best. There are quite a few cliche moments, in this female empowerment story. Final Score: 5/10 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Well worth watching. Well paced, humourus and interesting insight into (some) women's lives in the ME. Great performance from the leading lady. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A subtle, yet steadfast account of the types of oppression being challenged and overcome by women like Haifaa Al-Mansour. Her characters are likeable, with the family and their lives being relatable. Its approach isn't about drama or high levels of tension, but instead focusses on the everyday lives of people Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Amy Nicholson FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) It really liked it. It's not a doom and gloom movie -- it's about "how can you use your influence?" May 21, 2021 Full Review Claudia Puig FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) What I appreciated about this was the subtleties -- she's doing things in small victories. May 21, 2021 Full Review Ann Hornaday Washington Post Mansour gives audiences a candid, often wryly amusing glimpse of life inside the Saudi kingdom, which is so often cloaked in opacity and menace. Rated: 3/4 May 19, 2021 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film With The Perfect Candidate, she has made some rumbles but puts on a perfect platform for the rights of women in such a restrictive country for the modern century. Rated: A- Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Loren King Newport This Week (RI) [Haifaa Al-Mansour] delivers a razor-sharp look at women's lives in modern Saudi Arabia. Aug 6, 2021 Full Review Peter Martin ScreenAnarchy Featuring finely-tuned characters and pitched to a degree of outrage that I found completely engaging Rated: 4.5/5.0 Jun 29, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian's approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.
      Director
      Haifaa Al-Mansour
      Executive Producer
      Christian Granderath, Rena Ronson, Faisal Baltyuor, Fahad Alsuwayan
      Screenwriter
      Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
      Distributor
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      Al Mansour Est. for Audiovisual Media, NDR, Razor Film Produktion GmbH
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 14, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 10, 2021
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $28.8K
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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