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Film Reviews

The Perfect Candidate (2019) - Shreya Sachdev

The Perfect Candidate is a 2019 Arabic drama film directed by Haifaa-al-Mansour and stars Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani, and many others. The Perfect Candidate is about a woman named Maryam who is a doctor in Saudi Arabia. Even though she is a doctor, she is not treated well by her patients. One man, for example, refuses to let her treat him just because she is a woman. Therefore, Maryam takes it upon herself to improve women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and to demand the correct kind of treatment she deserves. If you guys saw my film review on “Trick” then you would know that I went to Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to see it, and I also went to TIFF to see The Perfect Candidate. Between the two movies, there is no doubt in my mind that The Perfect Candidate was a better movie. Unlike Trick, this movie actually had a storyline and a clear purpose. I thought the acting was really great, and that there was clear chemistry between all the characters. You could also really tell how badly Maryam wanted to improve her rights in Saudi Arabia, and this movie should definitely be an inspiration to all women out there. The only thing I would say is that this movie was a little slow, but I would still give it an 8/10 and would recommend everyone to go see it. 


Shreya Sachdev