I Can’t Think Straight is a 2008 british romantic drama film directed by Shamim Sarif. Based on Sarif ‘s 2008 novel of the same name, the film tells the history of a London-based jordanian of palestinian lineage, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding when a turn of events causes her to have an matter, and subsequently fall in love, with another womanhood, Leyla, a british indian. The film stars Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. I Can’t Think Straight was produced by Enlightenment Productions and distributed in the United States by Regent Releasing and here ! Films. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] It was released in different regions between 2008 and 2009. [ 3 ] The DVD was released on 4 May 2009. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]
Reading: I Can’t Think Straight – Wikipedia
The lead actresses, Ray and Sheth, besides starred in Sarif ‘s 2007 lesbian-themed historical drama movie The World Unseen .
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In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern club, affluent Christian Palestinians Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their travel to daughter Tala to Hani in Jordan. But back at sour in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young british indian Muslim woman who is dating Tala ‘s best supporter Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, bungling, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala ‘s blunt challenges to Leyla ‘s impression begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. After a weekend getaway into the countryside, Tala and Leyla sleep together and the two women begin to fall in love. however, Tala ‘s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious marry are well under way.
As family members descend and the marry day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala last cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break dislodge of her own diffidence and her mother ‘s expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sex. When Ali and Leyla ‘s feisty sister, Yasmin, help try to get Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what sleep together can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.
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critical reception [edit ]
The New York Times called the film “ another weightless confect from the writer and conductor Shamim Sarif. ” [ 6 ] Autostraddle said that it “ stands out for its cultural specificity, truly stunning leads, and dateless charm. ” [ 7 ] AfterEllen ‘s review notes, “ While the film has a lot going for it, the handwriting is amazingly paint-by-the-numbers. Viewers familiar with lesbian films will be able to call the ending ( and all major points of dispute ) long before the credits roll out. besides surprise is the number of cringe-worthy lines Ray and Sheth talk. ” [ 8 ]
Awards [edit ]
- Best Feature, Audience Award – Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
- Best Feature – International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Of Canary Islands, 2009
- Best Feature – Afterellen Visibility Awards
- Best Feature, Audience Award – Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2009
- Best Feature, Audience Award – Pink Apple 2009
- Audience Award Best Feature Film – Fairy Tales International Queer Diversity Film Festival (Calgary) 2009
- Jury Winner Best Feature Film – Festival Del Mar, Majorca 2009
- Audience Award, Best Feature – Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2009
- Best lesbian movie – The Holebifilmfestival Vlaams-Brabant 2009, Belgium
- Jury award for Best Women’s Feature – Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
- Best Feature Film – Gay Film Nights International Film Festival 2009