Hi­jab­sta Bal­let

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - – Angelin Yeoh

(★★✩✩✩)

HI­JAB­STA Bal­let de­serves some credit for show­cas­ing a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist in a rare role; rare for a lo­cal movie any­way. For once, she is not strug­gling to win the love of an­other man or find some­one to marry. Nor is she in dan­ger of get­ting set up for abuse or sits around cry­ing for some­one to res­cue her.

New­comer Maimun Puteh plays Adele, a bal­le­rina who faces op­po­si­tion from all sides when she re­fuses to take off her hi­jab.

Bal­let purists dic­tate that a hi­jab can’t be part of her dance cos­tume. So Adele sets out to prove them wrong. But is the movie au­di­ence cu­ri­ous enough to see how Adele fares in her bat­tle? That de­pends.

Can you tol­er­ate wooden act­ing, badly-writ­ten lines and poor ex­e­cu­tion of sto­ry­telling in a long­winded drama?

The mak­ers of Hi­jab­sta Bal­let bravely try to tackle a num­ber of bold is­sues. Sadly there is not much sub­stance in the way it tells the strug­gles of a mod­ern Mus­lim woman.

The movie merely scratches the sur­face of ex­trem­ism, art of dance and in the end, couldn’t quite present a con­vinc­ing mod­er­ate so­lu­tion for ev­ery­one. Still, if you’re look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent then Hi­jab­sta Bal­let might just be your thing.

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