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I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT
USA: Regent Releasing
UK: Enlightenment Films
Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia, Rez Kempton, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia, Ernest Ignatius, Siddiqua Akhtar, Amber Rose Revah, Anya Lahiri Kimberly Jaraj, Sam Vincenti, Rez Kempton, Daud Shah, George Tardios, Ishwar Maharaj, Gabrielle Amies, Jessica Allsop
Director: Shamim Sarif
USA: 80 mins
UK: 81 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex, drug references and smoking scenes
USA Release Date: 21 November 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 3 April 2009 (Limited Release - London)
Tala (Lisa Ray), an outgoing London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a shy, young British Indian woman currently dating Ali (Rez Kempton), her best friend.
Complete opposites, Tala and Leyla feel an immediately strong attraction to each other, but Tala returns to Jordan unable to accept these new feelings while her mother busily organises the upcoming weeding. Despite being heartbroken Leyla is enjoying her newly found sense of identity and self-respect and moves on with her new life much to the shock of her tradition-loving Indian parents.
As Tala's wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself...
Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London's West End, I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.