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

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Critic Consensus: What Will People Say? argues that institutional sexism starts at home -- and the results can be as powerful as they are difficult to watch.

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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 (34) | Top Critics (12)

A real-life terror trip but with human ghouls and goblins.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The movie becomes something more than just another tale of cross-cultural, cross-generational misunderstanding: a harrowing drama of emotional abuse.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

As the Norwegian snow gives way to sunbaked Pakistani desert on screen, you'll feel a tug between the awful and the artful

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] relentlessly upsetting film.

Jul 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.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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