LFF 2019 Review: “The Perfect Candidate” Shows Saudi Arabia’s Evolving Women’s Rights Landscape


“Is this a women’s rights thing?” skeptical onlookers ask a young Saudi doctor who’s announced she’s running for local council in The Perfect Candidate, which recently screened at the London Film Festival. It’s a rather apt question to raise in director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s fourth feature film—and her second made in Saudi Arabia—given the Kingdom’s recent breakthroughs for women’s rights.

Written by Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann, The Perfect Candidate follows a young doctor named Maryam (Mila Al Zahrani), who unexpectedly runs for election to her local town council. Determined to prove herself, Maryam enlists her two sisters Selma (Dae Al Hilali) and Sara (Nora Al Awadh) to help with her campaign (and provide some excellent comic relief). The film not only shows how Maryam’s friends and family meet her run with initial apprehension, but also depicts how the local community wrap their heads around the concept of a female candidate.

Full review on Cinema Escapist



#DBW Defying Ageist Hollywood in Nancy Meyers’ ‘Something’s Gotta Give’


Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson first starred together in 1981 in the political drama Reds, directed by Warren Beatty. Twenty-two years later, the two reunited for a very different kind of film, Something’s Gotta Give, by rom-com virtuoso, writer-director Nancy Meyers.

In Something’s Gotta Give, Harry Sanborn is dating 29-year-old auctioneer Marin (Amanda Peet) and, after two heart attacks render Harry unable to leave the Hamptons for a week, Marin’s mother, Erica Barry, is forced to care for a man who is her complete opposite in every conceivable way. However, much to both of their surprise, Erica finds herself falling in love with her daughter’s boyfriend.

Full article on Screen Queens


‘The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair’ Review – Intriguing Murder Mystery


Making his TV debut with The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, French film director Jean-Jacques Annaud adapts Joël Dicker’s popular novel of the same name for this twisty, mystery 10-episode drama series.

Starring as the eponymous character, Patrick Dempsey is Harry Quebert, a renowned literary professor and famous author. His protégé and new kid on the block, Marcus Goldman (Ben Schnetzer), has writer’s block and spends his days dodging agents requesting a follow-up to his first megahit. Seeking inspiration, he travels to Maine to reconnect with his old professor, Quebert. However, things take a turn for the worse when Harry is arrested for the murder of fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan (Kristine Froseth), who disappeared in the 70s. Marcus, along with Sgt. Perry Gahalowood (Damon Wayans Jr.), delve deep into the lives of the Maine townsfolk to discover what really happened in the summer of 1975.

Full article on Cultured Vultures