The film stars the superb young actress Maria Mozhdah as Nisha, a year-old girl living with her family in Oslo's sizeable Pakistani immigrant community. But the technique, supplemented by an angry score, also makes the film a brittle experience that doesn't always come across as nuanced as its writer-director intends. Here Haq repeats herself from her first feature, 's I Am Yours , which also had a Pakistani mother who could think only of social status when contending with her daughter's life. But they're also the most essential. When director Iram Haq was a teenager in Norway, she was, in her own words, kidnapped by her parents and forced to spend more than a year of her life with relatives in Pakistan. We see this in some of the characterization: While the father is torn between love for his daughter and fidelity to social norms, the mom becomes a cartoon, prattling on about how "people will finally respect us" once she can purge every promiscuous thought from Nisha's head. At first Nisha is bratty, spending her father's money on toys for her friends, and dancing suggestively for her redheaded, pale-faced Norwegian boyfriend as, separately, her mother frets about the impropriety of women dancing at all. Nisha's siblings, an older brother and younger sister, seem to rarely venture out on their own. Their first proposed "solution" makes clear that their chief issue with Nisha isn't her non-Muslim partner, but merely the suggestion that their daughter might be having sex before marriage.
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