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What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018)

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Sixteen-year-old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life. When out with her friends, she's a normal Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father (Adil Hussain) catches her alone with her boyfriend in her room, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, her parents send Nisha against her will to a small town in Pakistan to live with extended family. There, in an unfamiliar country surrounded by people she barely knows, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedoms she once enjoyed. Winner of Audience Awards at AFI Fest and the Les Arcs European Film Festival, WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY is a tense and moving drama about women's rights, immigrant identity, and familial duties. Based on director Iram Haq's own experiences as a young Pakistani woman in Norway, it features an astounding debut by 18-year-old Mozhdah and a nuanced performance by veteran actor Hussain (LIF

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

The quiet psychological terror and the simple, blunt manner in which it was shown stole my breath.

July 13, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] relentlessly upsetting film.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A blistering drama about the kind of culture clash that can traumatize a young woman for life.

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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In a resolute acknowledgment of the oppression that too many young women face at home, the film portrays the family structure as the enforcing unit of feminine docility.

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

What Will People Say ultimately can't do much more than generate reflexive outrage.

July 10, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

They'll say this movie needs more nuance.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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