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Barakah yoqabil Barakah (2016)

A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.

Director:

Mahmoud Sabbagh

Writer:

Mahmoud Sabbagh (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hisham Fageeh ... Barakah
Fatima AlBanawi ... Barakah / Bibi
Sami Hifny Sami Hifny ... Da'ash
Khairia Nazmi Khairia Nazmi ... Daya Sa'adiya
Abdulmajeed Al-Ruhaidi Abdulmajeed Al-Ruhaidi ... Maqbool
Turki Shaikh Turki Shaikh ... Turki / Agent (as Turki Sheikk)
Marian Bilal Marian Bilal ... Sara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
reem Habib reem Habib ... Madame Mayyada
Khaled Yeslam ... The agent
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A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Saudi Arabia

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

8 September 2016 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Barakah Meets Barakah See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

El Housh Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This self financed Saudi Arabian movie was debuted at 2016 "Berlin Film Festival". See more »

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Angry, hilarious, sad, delightful.
31 January 2018 | by ClaraBosswaldSee all my reviews

I'm a simple person. If you tell me there is a Saudi rom-com available on Netflix, I will watch it. It's with this mindset I put the movie on; not with any expectation but with curiosity for this cinematic oddity.

Well, damn. After Wadjda, this is two for two for Saudi cinema, fighting to exist in a country that until last week hadn't had a single legal cinema for over 30 years. Barakah follows the lives of two young Saudis both named Barakah, a working-class man who works for the religious police and the daughter of a rich couple who made a lucrative career out of social media celebrity.

Behind its simple guy-meets-girl premise, Barakah Meets Barakah portrays the contradictions and frustrations of Saudi youth. Far from the usual religious-secular dichotomy the country is usually portrayed with, the movie shows the nuances of life in Saudi.

The two leads are a perfect match, 'Bibi' with the freedom her class allows her and a mouth she cannot shut and Barakah, much more shy and reserved with a male privilege he doesn't know what to do with.

This movie made my heart ache, my blood boils while making me laugh out loud.

More than an oddity, a must-watch.


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