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In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala's best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala's forthright challenges to Leyla's beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, 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 wedding are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother's expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality. When Ali and Leyla's feisty sister ... Written by
OK story with a message that gets through, but terrible chemistry
This film has a story to tell, I just feel it's not told as completely as it could be. The coming out story and the events that follow from that moment are something you don't see in other coming out films - perhaps it's needed in this film because of the complexity of the cultural backgrounds of the two protagonists.
I like I Can't Think Straight for that exact reason, it goes further than most coming out stories, focusing on the two cultures and what Tala and Leyla go through both coming from such 'face' cultures.
I don't quite think it was the acting quality that lets this movie down, but the lack of chemistry between the actors. When one actor is on cue, the other in the scene is off, and so on.
I think it also could've been improved if it focused a little more on the political/cultural backgrounds of both. Unless you're familiar with such cultures and have grasp of the taboos you can't begin to understand why this is such a powerful coming out story.
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