Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016)
Critic Reviews for Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah)
A smart, charming, and bittersweet tale about the Kingdom's millennial generation and their take on the social and political restrictions that stand in the way of meeting and mingling with the opposite sex.
It speaks to Sabbagh's talent that he can finally administer such a light touch to a movie whose romantic leads so self-consciously bear the burdens of generational and national identity.
... one of the more pointedly political Middle Eastern films that have played the festival circuit recently, and that's saying something.
First-time filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh has infused Barakah Meets Barakah with an irresistible breeziness that does, generally speaking, compensate for the rough-around-the-edges vibe...
The film is critical of oppressive customs and even a bit tragic, but it's also joyful, investing its hopes in characters representing a new generation that is too fun and sassy to be ignored.
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