Against the backdrop of the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Tala (Lisa Ray) prepares for her fourth attempt to marry. But when she encounters Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a young British Indian woman, the two stumble into a relationship that forces them to be honest with themselves while extricating from the families that would have them deny their true identities.
Billed as “just another British, Indian, Muslim, Arab, Christian, lesbian romantic comedy,” the film is short on comedy and suffers from paper-thin characters. While the story practically skirts over the family and societal ramifications of being of Middle Eastern descent and gay — or a gay Muslim — the film still brims with a certain charm, an attractive cast and a beautiful visual appeal.
It’s important to support out directors like Sarif who are striving to make entertaining films that increase the visibility of lesbians of Middle Eastern and Indian descent. And with this film, it’s interesting to note the growth of Sarif’s craft: Her sophomore effort, The World Unseen, came out last year and is a markedly superior effort.
Official Website: ICantThinkStraightFilm.com
Screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Wednesday, January 14, 4:30 PM
Saturday, January 17, 10:30 AM