With an artfully light touch, director Al-Mansour uses the contest as both a dramatic hook and a vehicle for exploring rifts between the word of God and the edicts of men. As Wadjda wonders why her name is trimmed from her father's family tree — and why he is considering a second wife — she also strengthens her own character and faith for the life ahead of her.
Spinning its wheels, a turbulent world needs more movies like “Wadjda.”
— Joe Williams,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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