Wadjda

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Waad Mo­hammed, Reem Ab­dul­lah Cine­math­eque PG 98 min­utes

out of five sets her mind on en­ter­ing a Qur’an recita­tion con­test. Her teach­ers, whose de­fault set­ting re­gard­ing this kid is usu­ally stuck at cen­so­ri­ous dis­ap­proval, are im­pressed by her sud­den in­ter­est in re­li­gious mat­ters. At home, Wadjda is sub­ject to stresses of a more mys­te­ri­ous na­ture. She adores her father, a rarely seen but pow­er­ful pres­ence in her life. He re­cip­ro­cates her af­fec­tion, but there are lim­its. When she pins her own name to a pic­ture de­pict­ing the fam­ily tree, he re­moves it. This sym­bolic plant is for men only. Her mother, mean­while, frets over his fi­delity. It takes a while to re­al­ize she is not wor­ried about him tak­ing a mis­tress, but a sec­ond wife... one who will give him a male heir. This seems a sim­ple hu­man drama,

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