Wadjda Reviews

  • May 16, 2020

    Vecide, ilk bakışta 10 yaşındaki bir kızın bisiklet almak için sarf ettiği çaba. Sesi erkekler tarafından duyulmamalı, başı örtülmeli, pop şarkıları dinlememeli, erkeklere görünmemeli! Arap toplumunda kadının yeri, kölelikten bile beter! Hayali duvarlarla çevrili, dinle beyni yıkanan çocuklar. Bekaretini kaybetmesin diye bisiklete binmesi istenmeyen kız, büyüyünce de yalnızca kocasını memnun etmek için yaşayacak! Final tahmin edilebilse bile, unutulmaz diyaloglar var: "-Oğlu beline bomba bağlayıp, 'bum' diye havaya uçmuş. -Deliye bak! Çok acı çekmiştir. -Allah uğruna ölürsen hiç acı çekmezsin. Sonra göğe çıkarsın. 70 tane de hurin olur. -Öyle mi? Bum! 70 tane bisiklet. -Hiç anlamamışsın. Öyle bir şey değil."

    Vecide, ilk bakışta 10 yaşındaki bir kızın bisiklet almak için sarf ettiği çaba. Sesi erkekler tarafından duyulmamalı, başı örtülmeli, pop şarkıları dinlememeli, erkeklere görünmemeli! Arap toplumunda kadının yeri, kölelikten bile beter! Hayali duvarlarla çevrili, dinle beyni yıkanan çocuklar. Bekaretini kaybetmesin diye bisiklete binmesi istenmeyen kız, büyüyünce de yalnızca kocasını memnun etmek için yaşayacak! Final tahmin edilebilse bile, unutulmaz diyaloglar var: "-Oğlu beline bomba bağlayıp, 'bum' diye havaya uçmuş. -Deliye bak! Çok acı çekmiştir. -Allah uğruna ölürsen hiç acı çekmezsin. Sonra göğe çıkarsın. 70 tane de hurin olur. -Öyle mi? Bum! 70 tane bisiklet. -Hiç anlamamışsın. Öyle bir şey değil."

  • Feb 12, 2020

    It sucked, no action, nothing happened

    It sucked, no action, nothing happened

  • Jan 11, 2020

    Successful in telling the fundamental dynamics of a society from the perspective of the disallowed.

    Successful in telling the fundamental dynamics of a society from the perspective of the disallowed.

  • May 10, 2019

    I found this movie provided an excellent window into the lives of people (especially women and girls) living in a culture which seems to have been not allowed to fully progress into the 21st century. The acting was on the whole very well directed and the actors comfortably expressed their culture and religious indoctrination with poise and honesty. It should be seen by those who feel that somehow people in other cultures do not have similar aspirations and dreams to their own compatriots too.

    I found this movie provided an excellent window into the lives of people (especially women and girls) living in a culture which seems to have been not allowed to fully progress into the 21st century. The acting was on the whole very well directed and the actors comfortably expressed their culture and religious indoctrination with poise and honesty. It should be seen by those who feel that somehow people in other cultures do not have similar aspirations and dreams to their own compatriots too.

  • Feb 09, 2019

    This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and by its first female film director Haifaa al-Mansour, is a thrillingly terrific trailblazer in Muslim feminism for depicting misogyny and oppression of women with a story of a tomboy determined to buy a bicycle which is perceived as a threat to a girl's virtue in her archconservative community.

    This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and by its first female film director Haifaa al-Mansour, is a thrillingly terrific trailblazer in Muslim feminism for depicting misogyny and oppression of women with a story of a tomboy determined to buy a bicycle which is perceived as a threat to a girl's virtue in her archconservative community.

  • Dec 26, 2018

    I know, it is written in the description of the movie, in wikipedia and in many reviews already, but it is so breakthrough that we have to write it all the times we can: It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. And what a great movie it is! It gives the western world a chance to immerse in this different culture without judgment but also without submission. The lovable title character, without even knowing it, is mounting a peaceful revolution that sooner or later is bound to happen. This film is as much important as it is touching, because we are talking about a country were women still cannot interact with men or have a fair trail, so a big thanks to Haifaa Al-Mansour. Filmaking is art, and art will change the world, little by little, pedaling by pedaling.

    I know, it is written in the description of the movie, in wikipedia and in many reviews already, but it is so breakthrough that we have to write it all the times we can: It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. And what a great movie it is! It gives the western world a chance to immerse in this different culture without judgment but also without submission. The lovable title character, without even knowing it, is mounting a peaceful revolution that sooner or later is bound to happen. This film is as much important as it is touching, because we are talking about a country were women still cannot interact with men or have a fair trail, so a big thanks to Haifaa Al-Mansour. Filmaking is art, and art will change the world, little by little, pedaling by pedaling.

  • May 16, 2018

    Wadjda is a strong drama film which isn't too on-the-nose, but actually treating its subject matter in a more subtle way and focusing on characterization and emotion more. That final scene is the highlight as it is the perfect combination of bleak and hopeful. Haifaa al-Mansour should be admired the most for managing to direct this film so well despite facing many seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her highly misogynist society.

    Wadjda is a strong drama film which isn't too on-the-nose, but actually treating its subject matter in a more subtle way and focusing on characterization and emotion more. That final scene is the highlight as it is the perfect combination of bleak and hopeful. Haifaa al-Mansour should be admired the most for managing to direct this film so well despite facing many seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her highly misogynist society.

  • Apr 05, 2018

    The first ever film shot in Saudi Arabia and even more remarkably considering that country and it's politics, the first by a woman. This is a really lovely little film, worthy of your attention. The lead girl is very likable and the relationship with her Mother is perfectly portrayed. An impossible film to sell to someone else 'Its a Saudi Arabian film about a girl who wants to buy a bike' but it's so much more than that. Give it a go, I really recommend it. I'm on an unbelievable run of good films at the moment, loving it!

    The first ever film shot in Saudi Arabia and even more remarkably considering that country and it's politics, the first by a woman. This is a really lovely little film, worthy of your attention. The lead girl is very likable and the relationship with her Mother is perfectly portrayed. An impossible film to sell to someone else 'Its a Saudi Arabian film about a girl who wants to buy a bike' but it's so much more than that. Give it a go, I really recommend it. I'm on an unbelievable run of good films at the moment, loving it!

  • Oct 31, 2017

    Interesting and empowering.

    Interesting and empowering.

  • Jul 03, 2017

    An excellent movie!! A great achievement considering all the obstacles that had to be tackled for it to be filmed. Also, a great story of a brave and very intelligent girl living in a very stifling environment for all men, women and childern, but nontheless, triumphant in achieving her own freedom despite everything and evryone she has to overcome to do so.

    An excellent movie!! A great achievement considering all the obstacles that had to be tackled for it to be filmed. Also, a great story of a brave and very intelligent girl living in a very stifling environment for all men, women and childern, but nontheless, triumphant in achieving her own freedom despite everything and evryone she has to overcome to do so.