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Signature Move (2017)

Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

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Jennifer Reeder
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fawzia Mirza ... Zaynab
Shabana Azmi ... Parveen
Sari Sanchez ... Alma
Audrey Francis Audrey Francis ... Jayde
Charin Alvarez ... Rosa
Molly Brennan Molly Brennan ... Killian
Mark Hood ... Milo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ox Baker Jr. Ox Baker Jr. ... Himself - wrestling show
Molly Callinan Molly Callinan ... Ragina Cruz
Jacob Clapham Jacob Clapham ... Himself - wrestling show
Minita Gandhi ... Hina
Brian G. Lawrie ... Referee
Mia Park ... Bookstore Customer
Malic White Malic White ... Security Bouncer
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Zaynab is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago who takes care of her TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

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Life, Love, and Lady Wrestling

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | Urdu | Spanish

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,935, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,080, 14 February 2018
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Parveen: You only do what you want. I've seen it all.
Zaynab: You haven't seen anything.
Parveen: I saw you with your friend.
Zaynab: You don't know anything.
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Your signature move doesn't always occur in a wrestling ring
21 October 2017 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Signature Move (2017) was directed by Jennifer Reeder. It's a pleasant enough lesbian love story. What makes it somewhat unusual is that the two lovers come from very different cultures.

Fawzia Mirza portrays Zaynab, a very successful immigration lawyer, who lives with her mother, Parveen, played very well by Shabana Azmi .

Sari Sanchez portrays Alma, a woman who lives within Chicago's Mexican-American culture. Sari's mother is a wrestling coach. Zaynab begins to take wrestling lessons. The remainder of the film is based upon the chemistry between Zaynab and Alma and Zaynab and wrestling.

The publicity for the films warns us that Parveen's quest for a husband for her daughter isn't played stereotypically. (If the publicity warns you that something isn't so, it usually means something is so.) Parveen is so eager to find a husband for her daughter that she searches the street with binoculars. (Looks stereotypic to me.) However, Shabana Azmi is so skilled that we can enjoy her acting, even if the part she's given isn't realistic. Both Fawzia Mirsa and Sari Sanchez are fine actors as well, so the movie is strengthened by the strong acting of the leads.

We saw this film in Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It was shown as part of the wonderful ImageOut, the Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen, and is worth seeking out and watching.


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