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Film Review: ‘Margarita, With a Straw’

16 January 2015 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Margarita, With a Straw” is one of the least hand-wringing movies ever made about a character with significant disabilities. Born with cerebral palsy, our heroine here certainly has her physical limitations and related psychological setbacks, but it’s her adventurous spirit (abetted by supportive family and friends) that sets the tone in Shonali Bose’s winning sophomore feature. Like her first, 2005’s “Amu,” this tale is rather Westernized in the telling, with narrative feet planted in both India and the U.S. That factor, good reviews and the pic’s crowdpleasing nature should guide it from a successful festival run to various format sales in numerous offshore territories, with niche theatrical sleeper status possible.

Though her freedom of movement and clarity of speech (subtitled here) are compromised, in most respects Laila (Kalki Koechlin) has a life akin to that of any other well-adjusted, outgoing college kid in Delhi. She still »

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