Lisa Ray (left) and Sheetal Sheth perk up in hot political romance.
I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT (Shamim Sarif). 84 minutes. Opens Friday (November 21). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
On the heels of her South African period piece, The World Unseen, Shamim Sarif delivers another lesbian love story, this one much flashier.
I Can't Think Straight opens in Jordan on the eve of Tala's (Lisa Ray) engagement party, when we hear whispers that she's broken off three previous engagements. Just as she's getting that familiar cold-feet feeling, she meets the beautiful but clumsy fledgling writer Leyla (Sheetal Sheth).
As the two feel the heat and develop a friendship, they become deeply conflicted about their ties to their conservative cultures: Tala's the product of upper-?class Arabs, and Brit Leyla has Indian roots.
What distinguishes this film from others of its kind - apart from the super-hotness of the actors - is the dialogue. Leyla and Tala's relationship sparks up over an intense political argument, and the conversations at the dinner table of Tala's Jordanian family about the conflict in the Middle East are like nothing we've heard before on film.
Very smart politically, and big fun romantically.