The Perfect Candidate


The Perfect Candidate

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Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues and acceptance from her patients every day. After Maryam is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mixup leads her to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run. With her musician father away on tour playing the first public concerts allowed in the Kingdom in decades, Maryam enlists her two younger sisters to begin fundraising and planning campaign events. While they face the restriction of women's traditional roles in the Kingdom at every turn, Maryam's audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community. A tight race emerges between Maryam and her male opponent, as Maryam and her family mobilise their determination and creativity to move their traditional society forward.


Critic Reviews for The Perfect Candidate

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

  • The Perfect Candidate is fiery and headstrong, and instantly gets you on its side.

    Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Top Critic
  • Told with a light comic touch that's weighed down by the film's leaden sense of drama, Al-Mansour's new film offers a frequently compelling glimpse of how workaday people are negotiating such radical systemic change.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A charming little trifle which ends up suggesting that sometimes, if you lose the small-scale battle, you may unknowingly win the bigger war.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What the film lacks in sophistication it makes up in intuition, entwining the long-time taboos of music (especially the female voice) and women's active participation in political life in a positive storyline.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Al Mansour's] methods are so blatantly premeditated that you can practically see the most basic of script development notes in every scene.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Top Critic
  • With exquisite subtlety, director Haifaa Al Mansour brings us into her heroine's world and lays out the series of indignations (some tiny, some massive) she is forced to face on a daily basis.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic

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