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I Can't Think Straight

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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 Zara help throw Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what love can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.... Show more

I Can't Think Straight Solarmovie review

The film I Can't Think Straight impressed me with the intellectual and visual subtlety of posing problems, as well as unusual criticality and directness in diagnosing the state of world society. I see another film Shamim Sarif, and once again I am pleasantly surprised by its quality, while the films are completely different both in genre and in mood, but they manage to keep the audience all the time watching. This film is a benchmark among films of the genre Drama, even recognized films are clearly inferior to it, because in it all plot twists are moderately and very subtly intertwined. To summarize, it seems to me that very few such high-quality films came out in 2008. Due to the fact that the film was filmed in United Kingdom, we can fully appreciate the influence of the mentality of this country on the events taking place on the screen.... Show more

Directors: Shamim Sarif
Countries: United Kingdom
Release: 2008-11-01
Duration: 82 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
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