The Perfect Candidate (2019), by Haifaa Al-Mansour – Review

In this movie it seems that Haifaa has forgotten to contribute a deeper substance, which makes The Perfect Candidate more than a well-intentioned pamphlet.

From a movie we can value the artistic aspects. And we can also assess the social context in which their action takes place. For example, The Perfect Candidate It tells the story of a medical woman, who works in a hospital, and who is treated as a second-class citizen. Citizen of second, for being a country in which certain religion is professed. And second-class citizen, because in that country it is not well seen that a woman is a doctor. An example of this is seen in a patient, sick of a certain severity, who refuses to be treated by the doctor. In consecuense, The Perfect Candidate It describes the process by which this woman stands on the indicated adverse conditions. And in the end, with some circumstance that seems to be twisting, our protagonist gets a minimum of recognition, which, in that context, is a feat.

Nevertheless, The Perfect Candidate He can't get up. There we would see that, without an artistic part that generates interest in the cinephile that writes to them, the film looks like a pamphlet oriented to please feminists. In the end, everything becomes very predictable, and from the beginning of the projection. That is, to which the first quarter of an hour passes, we already know how it will end.

The Perfect Candidate It describes the process by which this woman stands on adverse conditions.

The director of The Perfect Candidate it's Haifaa Al Mansour, who had directed Mary Shelley (in 2017) or The Green Bicycle (in 2012), both very valuable works. However, in this film it seems that Haifaa has forgotten to contribute a deeper substance, which makes The Perfect Candidate more than a well-intentioned pamphlet. If not for this lack, and not containing any other value that promotes the pleasure of watching a good movie, I would not have said that The Perfect Candidate It was panfletaria. So excuse me for the rawness of these comments.


Synopsis A woman is forced to back down at an airport because of her male guardian, whose roles are not in order. Motivated by this fact, she decides to start a campaign to fight against the macho rules that prevail in Saudi Arabia.
country Saudi Arabia
Address Haifaa Al-Mansour
Script Haifaa Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann
Photography Patrick Orth
Distribution Mila Al Zahrani, Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali
Gender Drama
Duration 101 min.
Original title The Perfect Candidate
Premiere 03/06/2020

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