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Meskina

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Woman reinvents herself in Dutch comedy; language.

Movie NR 2022 94 minutes
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Ultimately Meskina promotes the important message that conformity may not be the best option for everyone, but it gets there via the clichés and conventions it seeks to upend. Clever and amusing moments pop up, but overambition gets in the way. That our hero wants to be her own woman at the end comes as a surprise unconnected to her previous actions. It's fun and then alarming to watch Leyla go from dating no one at all to being deeply involved with two men at the same time. Her insensitivity to them changes our view of her from positive to negative, and that's how the movie loses its allure. Is this My Big Fat Moroccan Wedding or a serious meditation on the status of women in the world? Is it a satire of arranged marriage? A satire of a world of dating apps? Of the idea of love? Of the restrictive ideals women create for themselves?

Leyla is the one who calls her life a "fairy tale" and refers to herself as a princess. As she willingly embraces these tropes, she also blames society for imposing them on her. She shares that weak epiphany implausibly before a large audience of strangers, a group that in real life would never listen to her embarrassing confession.

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