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The Perfect Candidate (2020)

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Critic Consensus: 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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A revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia from director Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA), THE PERFECT CANDIDATE follows Maryam, a determined young doctor who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic. Despite her father and her community's struggle to accept her as their town's first female candidate, Maryam's creative and ambitious campaign builds momentum, becoming a symbol for a larger movement.

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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Candidate

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The most subversive aspect of Haifaa al-Mansour's film may be the kind of change it puts in front of us: inching not sprinting, some way from perfect.

April 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[I]t's deeply thrilling - possibly one of the most exhilarating moments you'll see in a film all year.

March 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Haifaa al-Mansour] goes where no one's gone before and makes it look easy.

March 31, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For [director Haifaa al-Mansour], it's ... an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in Saudi Arabia by courageous women just like her.

March 31, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

It's impossible not to feel a swell of satisfaction when Maryam stomps into a meeting of dreadful Saudi men and douses them in shrivelling disdain.

March 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Al Mansour gives her audience a fine lesson in some key ingredients of political life in Saudi or anywhere else: nepotism, cynicism, sexism and chaos.

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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