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Hala (2019)



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Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.


Anna Chlumsky
as Shannon Taylor
Charin Alvarez
as Principal
Ahmed Lucan
as Mahmoud
Jimmy Wai Chung Lee
as Photographer
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

Viswanathan's resounding yet quiet performance allows the audience to see Hala for who she is - a smart, funny, intelligent, angsty, confused, and completely normal teenage girl.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Writer/director Minhal Baig's gentle and attentive sophomore feature Hala possesses something inherently extraordinary by just being about a young, female Muslim-American.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A coming-of-age tale, a compelling directorial debut, and a slight corrective regarding both teen movies and the American Muslim experience.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Although its storytelling is at times naggingly staid, its central characterizations teem with complexity and sensitivity, and for that, it's a modest coming-of-age gem.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

As Hala tests the boundaries of faith and sexual desire (her name means "halo" in Arabic, and it feels like a burden), the movie is unsparing about gender roles and the awkwardness of first-time fumblings.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A coming-of-age story with inconsistent storytelling but a strong lead performance from Geraldine Viswanathan.

February 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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