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 fiancé. Leyla (Sheetal Sheth) is a shy Muslim who's currently dating Leyla's best friend, Ali. Brought together by chance, Tala and Leyla form a slow bond that grows deeper with every minute they spend together. Eventually, the two girls reveal their true feelings to one another, and realize that they have fallen in love. But Tala is bound by her cultural heritage, and books a flight back to Jordan as Leyla's wedding date draws near. Back in London, a heartbroken Leyla decides to be honest with herself and her family by coming clean about her feelings for Tala. Inspired by Leyla's fearless commitment to Tala, Leyla's sister and Ali make it their mission to reunite the two girls. But before Tala can be truly happy with Leyla, she must first define for herself what true love really means.
R (for sexual content)
Drama , Romance
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Lisa Ray
as Tala
Nina Wadia
as Housekeeper
Anya Lahiri
as Lamia
Sam Vincenti
as Kareem
Daud Shah
as Hani
George Tardios
as Uncle Ramzi
Gabrielle Amies
as Uncle Ramzi's Wife
Jessica Allsop
as Jennifer
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Critic Reviews for I Can't Think Straight

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

From the wince-inducing title onwards, the script is laughably bad, especially when it attempts seriousnes.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Toronto Star
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Plugging the same two actresses into different Sapphic scenarios may be a valid filmmaking strategy but it can be an extremely boring one.

November 21, 2008
New York Times
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Hw do they tell their boyfriends and parents that they're gay? Conventionally, that's how.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
New York Post
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In exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Although she has made two films in rapid succession, Sarif shows no discernible aptitude for her new medium.

November 20, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for I Can't Think Straight

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A mediocre-made movie about forbidden love...filled with so many clichés and stereotypes about the Middle Eastern world...

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

A fascinating movie that centralizes on the companionship and budding romance between two women. Tala and Leyla are first introduced to each other during a visit, and the two instantly connect. They begin spending more time together, and attraction motivates these two when they decide to take a trip together where the two fall in love. Although Tala is engaged, and will soon marry Hani. Leyla is dating Tala's friend Ali, and hopes to become a writer someday. Despite these differences, Leyla admits her love and Tala is indecisive about what path in life to follow. With the help of loved ones, the two find their way to each other. Great cast- Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia, Ernest Ignatius, Amber Rose Revah, Siddiqua Akhtar, and Anya Lahiri. Worthy!

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