This half-throttle documentary might better be called The Fast and the Uneventful.
The Speed Sisters are the Middle East’s first all-women race-car team, comprised of Palestinians Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and their manager Maysoon.
It’s a newsy story about sports, gender, social expectations and shattered stereotypes, but the timid debut feature from Lebanese-Canadian director Amber Fares proceeds at something less than breakneck speed.
The racers squeal their tires as they zip around parking-lot pylons – this isn’t Daytona, Indy or Monaco – but there’s rarely any tension at work.
Talking about taking her mother’s car for a spin around the block for the first time, one driver says she kept the car in first because she didn’t know how to shift gears.
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