david prown 120

david prown 120I never watch movies on DVD’s or stream. It is either the big screen or nothing. So sometimes I get a little crazy and try to fit in movies all over the place if I think a film will “leave” before I get to see it.

The arab film “WADJDA” playing at Red Bank’s Bow Tie Theatre is one of those films that I had a feeling would be gone in a week.

Hence thought I could pull off going to the 10pm show on Saturday night knowing it was only 100 minutes long. Made a quick stop at 7-11 and bought an extra large coffee that I drank and settled in to see this sub-titled foreign film.

Wadjda is a very likable 10 year old girl raised by a single single mom.

Clearly she has been raised with many modern & western influences which are 180 degrees anthetical to the values of the streets, the neighbor, the school , the cultural etc. Kind of nice seeing all the space, support etc Mom gives Wadjda (mom is a free spirit herself and quite a looker). Clearly this child raising philosophy is an Arab rarity and I don’t this film explains the genesis of this.


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This independent spirit creates the essense of this movie in that this precocious 10 year clearly acts older, has her own ideas, values (and a quick mouth) along with a sincere drive to achieve her persona goals. Rated PG which is nice and moves along okay.

Clearly I was tired and drowsy thru most of the film so don’t value my lack of over enthusiasm ….

Nice film…didn’t quite capture the drive that I expected but remember I was drowsy.

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