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I love movies that surprise you, that make you forget that you are in a theater; movies that pull you into the story and won't let you go, movies that make you care. Three Veils, a new film by writer/director Rolla Selbak, does all that and more.
Three Veils is the story of three young Muslim women whose lives unexpectedly intersecting as they deal with issues of identity, tradition, and spirituality. To the outside world, they seem to be typical young college students dealing with the challenges of growing up and finding ones place in the world. But each girl has a story; a secret that they butt up against and can't seem to get over. The audience is given a privileged peek behind each veil and what we see draw us in. Dealing with a tragic past, an uncertain future and a forbidden desire, these women use humor and tenderness to deal with the heartbreak and find that leaning on each other is their key to surviving.
In the end, as you are wiping away the tears which you hadn't even realized were forming, you realize that Selbak has accomplished that rare cinematic feet of making her audience care. We realize we could be anyone of these women, we each have our own veil we live behind and we all just want to be seen.
Three Veils is a heartfelt and daring movie with just the right amount of humor sprinkled in. Talented script writing combined with powerful acting make this a movie you don't want to miss.
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