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SCALES is a visually stunning feminist parable set in a dystopian landscape. It follows the story of a strong-willed young girl, Hayat, whose poor fishing village is governed by a dark tradition: every family must give one daughter to the mermaid-like sea creatures who inhabit the waters, to ensure the village can continue their fishing expeditions. When Hayat's father refuses, the girl becomes a pariah, considered a curse by the village and urged to sacrifice herself -- but Hayat has her owns plans for her destiny.

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  • A timeless magical realist fable with a contemporary feminist message.

    September 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ends up wallowing in its sparse dialogue and lack of significant narrative events.

    August 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The narrative failures of the second half are mitigated by the handsome styling and the sea maidens themselves, which retain a mysterious melancholy even after we've seen one up close.

    March 22, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Shahad Ameen announces herself as that most special of filmmakers - a storyteller that can work timely subtext and scathing commentary into a great work of fantasy.

    December 13, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Well-crafted, magical fable with a compelling contemporary feminist message.

    October 28, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The film is a great technical achievement, with stunning use of black & white photography that plays with the shadowy nature of the village and its shores, and the brightness of the day that feels cynical rather than promising.

    October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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