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Cinema loves polygamy.Polygamy pictures have recurring tropes.Unlike budding romance, marital estrangement isn't exactly a mine of lighthearted comedy, so the Saudi filmmaker chisels the polygamy picture's melodramatic tropes into comic caricatures, and his eye for social criticism still finds plenty to lampoon.Amra (Alshaima'a Tayeb), the long-suffering wife at the center of this story, lives in a compound servicing the country's oil sector with her husband, dementia-afflicted mother and two daughters.Tayeb's depiction of Amra is (like that of most of her family) on the naturalistic side of slapstick. Her mother-in-law Saadiyya (Khairia Nazmi, who also played a big-voiced character named Saadiyya in "Barakah") is, like the film's other comic caricatures, depicted in an over-the-top fashion common in popular television comedies.Sabbagh should be commended for trying to do something new with the polygamy picture.
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