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Hala (2019)

R | | Drama | 6 December 2019 (USA)
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Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

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Minhal Baig

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Minhal Baig (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Viswanathan ... Hala Masood
Jack Kilmer ... Jesse / Hala's boyfriend
Gabriel Luna ... Mr. Lawrence
Purbi Joshi ... Eram / Hala's mother
Azad Khan ... Zahid Masood
Taylor Marie Blim Taylor Marie Blim ... Melanie (as Taylor Blim)
Anna Chlumsky ... Shannon Taylor
Charin Alvarez ... Principal
Sam Straley ... Evan
Sonny Bhatt ... Arash
Ahmed Lucan ... Mahmoud
Alka Nayyar ... Hina
Raven Whitley Raven Whitley ... Lucy
Bianca Corral Bianca Corral ... Sasha
Zayna Dib ... Joy
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Hala, a Pakistani-American teenager girl in her final year of high school is cautious with her words, but avidly curious with her eyes and ears. Floating in a limbo between two cultures, she's gently pulling back from her Muslim faith and tentatively testing her crush on Jesse, a tousled blond classmate with a sensitive soul. She's a fascinating paradox, at once subdued and adventurous: One moment, she's meekly enduring the affectionate nagging of her anxious mother Eram; the next, she's racing through their Chicago suburb on her skateboard. Written by New York Times

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Apple Tree (vocals)
Written by Tomo Nakayama
Performed by Grand Hallway
Courtesy of Marmoset
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Thoughtful, Realisitic, and Touching
27 July 2019 | by nathanstaffordSee all my reviews

This is one of the most accurate portrayals of high school life I've ever seen in a film. On top of that, the characters are seriously compelling and the story is quite moving. I'd say it successfully accomplishes everything is set out to do.


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English | Urdu

Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago,Illinois, USA

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