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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reem Abdullah ...
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Abdullrahman Al Gohani ...
Abdullah (as Abdullrahman Algohani)
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Sultan Al Assaf ...
Alanoud Sajini ...
Rafa Al Sanea ...
Dana Abdullilah ...
Rehab Ahmed ...
Nouf Saad ...
Koran Teacher
Ibrahim Almozael ...
Toy Shop Owner
Mohammed Zahir ...
Iqbal - the Driver
Sara Aljaber ...
Noura Faisal ...
Abeer
Talal Loay ...
Abeer's Young Man
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Storyline

WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda's mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what's going on. And soon enough Wadjda's plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself... Written by Razor Film Produktion GmbH

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2013 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

La bicicleta verde  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$41,253 (USA) (13 September 2013)

Gross:

$1,347,578 (USA) (24 January 2014)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Saudi Arabia's first official submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (2014). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Abdullah steals Wadjda's head scarf, her sandwich is in her left hand. In the next shot, after the fall, her sandwich disappears. See more »

Connections

References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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Instrument of a Revenge A
Gooding & Bobby Joe Miracle
Written by Gooding & Bobby Joe Miracle
Published by Sonoton Music GmbH & Co. KG
with kind permission of Sonoton Music GmbH & Co. KG
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Powerful movie
12 September 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Its not often i find foreign movies that touch me deeply. I loved this movie and was surprised how well this movie was made. Waad Mohammed played her part extraordinary where she took us viewers on her journey. I both laughed, cried, got angry and got happy when i saw this movie. I am so happy the movie ended the way it did, i don't want to give away any spoilers here but during the whole movie i was scared something would happen hehehe. Thankfully it ended as it ended. This movie also show a sense of determination. Doesn't matter what country you are from or the age, we all have a dream. And how far a determination, patience and hope can take you. I love the fact we saw a raw view of Saudi and i truly enjoyed watching this movie. Well done for the incredible director for by Haifaa Al-Mansour! Such a joy to have seen this movie


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