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A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change. Read critic reviews

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When Maryam, a hardworking young doctor in a small-town clinic, is prevented from flying to Dubai for a conference without a male guardian's approval, she seeks help from a politically connected cousin but inadvertently registers as a candidate for the municipal council. Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal.

Cast & Crew

Mila Al Zahrani
Dr. Maryam Alsafan
Dae Al Hilali
Selma
Nora Al Awadh
Sara
Khalid Abdulraheem
Abdulaziz
Shafi Alharthy
Mohammed
Tareq Al Khaldi
Omar
Khadeeja Mua'th
Khadeeja
Naser Al Algeel
Male Nurse 1
Brad Niemann
Screenwriter
Christian Granderath
Executive Producer
Rena Ronson
Executive Producer
Patrick Orth
Cinematographer
Andreas Wodraschke
Film Editor
Volker Bertelmann
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Heike Fademrecht
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Candidate

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (6)

  • It really liked it. It's not a doom and gloom movie -- it's about "how can you use your influence?"

    May 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • What I appreciated about this was the subtleties -- she's doing things in small victories.

    May 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Mansour gives audiences a candid, often wryly amusing glimpse of life inside the Saudi kingdom, which is so often cloaked in opacity and menace.

    May 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Perfect Candidate lacks a distinct visual grammar ... but as a film that recognizes the giant strides small wins can make for women, it feels significant.

    May 14, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The pleasure of the film rests not in the plot, which is so placid as to be anti-dramatic, but in the minutiae; as ever, Al Mansour homes in on the everyday workings of condescension and conformity.

    May 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Most of the value in this film comes from the peek it gives us into life as a Saudi woman - a life that is changing, Al-Mansour points out, albeit too slowly for some.

    May 13, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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