Wajib Reviews

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April 16, 2020
[A] crowd-pleasing Palestinian drama.
March 8, 2019
Though the premise of a father and son reconnecting is not necessarily unique, the context of Wajib breathes new life into an old story
November 3, 2018
It's the clear love and respect between them, despite old quarrels which makes it such a masterful and profound drama.
October 18, 2018
Jacir has previously stated that "family makes you crazy", and that's certainly true here, but there are lovely moments nonetheless...
October 18, 2018
Annemarie Jacir's insight into inter-generation tension is what makes Wajib so compelling and watchable, while never losing touch of the specificity of this particular father and son.
October 17, 2018
How often do you see a film set in contemporary Nazareth? And a really good one, with heart, humour, dynamism, and politics served without pressure or pain? ... While The Insult won the Sydney Film Festival's Audience Award, Wajib won mine.
October 13, 2018
Nothing seems out of place, but the revelations offered by Wajib into the lives of ordinary Palestinians are suffused with stoic wisdom.
October 11, 2018
Jacir is able to tweak genre convention to show us something new.
October 10, 2018
Grounded in locations that speak to the broader realities and personal differences in philosophy, the film has wry warmth and unexpected differences.
October 10, 2018
On this simple premise, Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir has constructed a rueful and, at times, savage comedy about the daily dilemmas of Arabs living in Israel.
October 4, 2018
Ms. Jacir is a thrifty filmmaker; there's nothing frilly in this movie. But she is also a sensitive and imaginative and resourceful one.
September 26, 2018
Mohammad and Saleh Bakri put their terrific chemistry on-screen, playing this father-son relationship with nonstop banter and superb physicality.
September 17, 2018
Wajib may appear to have narrowed its horizons, but in burrowing down to the essentials, allowing detail to speak volumes, [Jacir] proves, resoundingly, that less can be far, far more.
September 16, 2018
Jacir continues to impress with this poignant, bittersweet comedy of estrangement and identity...
September 14, 2018
There's little here that bucks the conventional road-movie structure, but the droll script and humane performances are quite special.
September 14, 2018
An eye-widening, culturally rich look at life inside a Palestinian family.
September 13, 2018
You might argue that the script is perhaps too tidy and neat, but the rich sense of place and multidimensional characters are too seductive to resist.
September 13, 2018
Real life father/son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri are terrifically engaging...
September 12, 2018
Filmmaker and author-poet Annemarie Jacir films the faces, the doleful one-stop living rooms, the dusty downtown streets. It's a doggerel odyssey, mischievously done.
September 10, 2018
Writer and director Annemarie Jacir has made a compelling, beautifully observed, very human film that, despite the desperation of its setting, ends up being quietly life-affirming.
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