I Can't Think Straight (2008)
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Shamim Sarif's autobiographical novel serves as the inspiration for this film directed by the author, and concerning two women from deeply diverse backgrounds who discover that the love between them is too powerful to deny. Tala (Lisa Ray) is a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent. She's a spirited Christian in the midst of planning her wedding to her handsome Jordanian fiancÚ. Leyla (Sheetal Sheth) is a shy Muslim who's currently dating Leyla's best friend, Ali. Brought together by
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From the wince-inducing title onwards, the script is laughably bad, especially when it attempts seriousnes.
Buildings and their interiors fare a lot better in this sumptuously lensed and set-designed film. That's because they don't have to talk or act.
Plugging the same two actresses into different Sapphic scenarios may be a valid filmmaking strategy but it can be an extremely boring one.
Hw do they tell their boyfriends and parents that they're gay? Conventionally, that's how.
In exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise.
Although she has made two films in rapid succession, Sarif shows no discernible aptitude for her new medium.
If the plot is cheese, it never rises above the level of a Dairylea triangle
She is still some way short of making a movie that deserves a ticket-buying audience.
Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.
The director struggles to inject much energy or spark into the story. Which is frustrating for a premise with this much potential.
It's such a mish-mash of terrible ideas next to sincere and affecting themes that it never really works and repeatedly sabotages any recommendation.
A should-have-been straight-to-DVD film that ticks enough boxes to make its cinema release an example of affirmative action.
I Can't Think Straight, a glossy contemporary cross-cultural romance between a Palestinian Christian girl and an Anglo-Indian Muslim girl, is spectacularly dreadful.
Frankly this looks more like Dynasty, with some very broad, soapy acting, coy sex scenes and some airily conspicuous wealth.
This one's got it's heart in the right place...but little else to recommend it.
Deep stuff, then, but imbued with all the weight of a prawn cracker. Its explosive coming-out scene can't compensate for car crash acting. Sadly, great sounding drivel is still drivel.
Writer-director Shamim Sarif can't seem to make up her mind whether she is making a comedy or a serious point about Muslim attitudes to lesbianism. And so she ends up with a fluffy mess.
Lisa Ray provides the one spark of life in an otherwise drab, graceless production that appears to be set in the Eighties and has the feel of a bad Jilly Cooper novel.
This lesbian love story is never less than watchable, thanks to a captivating central performance by Lisa Ray, though the script and direction leave a lot to be desired.
It's all very sex-lite - one character even does what Eamonn Holmes did last year, confusing lesbian with Lebanese.
Lipstick lesbianism among Muslims is the theme of this unfortunately blown chance to say something real and new. Shamim Sarif's film as fluffily lightweight as Deepa Mehta's Fire was dark and dire.
Audience Reviews for I Can't Think Straight
- Leyla: I want to be with someone who, ten years from now, still makes my heart jump when I hear her key in the door. And that someone is you.
- Leyla: Have you ever done this before?
- Tala: Slept with a woman while my fiance makes wedding plans? Nope, never done that before.
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