If the drama "Wadjda" is any indication, the restrictions on daily life for women in Saudi Arabia are onerous and annoying but repressing the vitality of a young girl, even in this stringently Muslim society, is practically impossible.
Wadjda (played by Waad Mohammed) is the girl in question, a 12-year-old who in a school where boring black is the norm wears Chuck Taylors with purple laces under her abaya. She gets in trouble at school for selling braided necklaces to her classmates and frequently finds herself in the office of the principal, Ms. Hussa (played by the Saudi-born international actress Ahd).
Wadjda has a dream: to buy a fancy bicycle from the local toy shop. She faces two obstacles. One is that bicycles are deemed unladylike in Saudi Arabia, a danger to the girl's virginity. (Something about the bar in the middle, I guess.) The other is that the bike costs 800 riyals (around $215), more than Wadjda's mother (Reem Abdullah) can afford, particularly as she's worried that her husband (Sultan Al Asaaf) may soon abandon her for a second wife.