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I Can't Think Straight / World Unseen

4.6 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Three disc (two DVD + CD) set including a bonus CD that contains the soundtrack to I Can't Think Straight. DVD One, I Can't Think Straight, is a sexy, urban, multi-cultural romantic comedy film with a twist. DVD Two, The World Unseen, is a touching, muticultural, period romantic drama...also with a twist! Both of the films touch on universal themes of being true to oneself, standing up your beliefs and the pursuit of love against all odds. Both films star Lisa Ray (from Deepa Mehta's Oscar nominated Water) and Sheetal Sheth (Looking for Comedy in a Muslim World) and were directed by the best-selling author Shamim Sarif. The CD soundtrack includes tracks from Natacha Atlas, Leonie Casanova, Nadine Khouri and composer Raimond Mirza.

I Can't Think Straight

Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British indian woman who is dating her best friend.

Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship.

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. The World Unseen

Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community, and the new apartheid-led government, by running a cafe with Jacob her 'coloured' business partner. When she meets Miriam, a young traditional wife and mother, their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her. When Amina helps Miriam's sister-in-law to hide from the police, a chain of events is set in motion that changes both women forever.

In a system that divides white from black and women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia
  • Directors: Shamim Sarif
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Enlightenment Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002APNBYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First, let me say that I first became familiar with Shamim Sarif's work, while visiting the Philadelphia Gay Film Festival over the last few years. This will be long, as I ABSOLUTELY LOVE both films, and can't recommend them enough for some humor, realistic drama and a journey beyond any existing borders of the mind. As a connoisseur of hi-definition films, and a wide variety of domestic and world cinema, these are 2 that absolutely NEED to be on Blu-Ray! The colors and visual depictions in both films pop right off the screen and are begging for this treatment!
My partner of 10 years and I have become life-long fans of Shamim's work, as this writer/director has captured our hearts and souls with relevant and poignant storylines that could serve as crossover projects for the mainstream media. I believe the latter is crucial in engaging America and the world in a dialogue of equality which transcends sexuality or gender.

***SPOILER ALERT***

THE WORLD UNSEEN:
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For me, this film is a stunning, visual masterpiece, based on the book of the same name. The sweeping visual landscape, and texture and layers of the setting, costumes, characters and lifestyle are simply magnificent and breathtaking. The film also masterfully captures the inhumanity, humiliation, cruelty and robbing of dignity caused by the laws of the period.

It is a period piece, set in 1950's South Africa and tells the heartfelt and heart-breaking story of two women who find each other under during a chance encounter which awakens an emotional connection that ultimately unites them in heart, mind and soul. This occurs during a time period, where mixed race relationships are considered criminal, and the country has taken for granted that this should be acceptable.
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Don't be confused by the box set, these are two different films that are beautifully directed. I bought this box set just a few days ago and immediately felt in love with it. This box set will left you wanting for more.
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This combo DVD pack is a great way to support women film makers. The DVD I Can't think straight presents a diverse view of the lesbian experience. Production values were slightly better than many lesbian films. The DVD World Unseen presents a interesting story from a moment in time in South Africa's history and a perspective that is not often seen in mainstream media. I think both DVD are a cut above the usual fair of lesbian movies you can find available.
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Not since D.E.B.S. have I found myself watching two DVDs over and over. "I can't Think Str8" (along with its sister flick "The World Unseen") is a very enjoyable movie about two women from two very different cultures doing something very simple; falling in love.

I had never heard of either Lisa Ray or Sheetal Sheth before watching these films. I watched "The World Unseen" first (before realizing that it was actually filmed after "I Can't Think Str8"). That movie took us to a world that I'd rather forget; apartheid South Africa. Being African American of mixed-race ancestry, I totally identified with both Sheth's courageous character Amina and that of her business partner, the quiet "Coloured" Jacob. Ray's character in that movie, Miriam, was almost difficult to watch; a tortured housewife and mother living in a loveless marriage with a dude who cheats on her and slaps her around. Ray brought a quiet grace to the character (her hand gestures spoke volumes) and watching how the two women in that movie fall in love is almost poetic.

"I can't Think Straight" takes place mostly in present-day London. Ray is rich Palestinian Christian and Sheth is an upper-middle class Indian Muslim. Both women's roles in this film are almost polar opposites of their roles in "World." Ray's Tala is the outgoing character with the snappy lines and Arabic rhythm. Sheth's Leyla is shy, but savvy. Unlike "World," "I Can't Think Straight" has very enjoyably erotic love scenes as well. In addition, both movies have very interesting supporting players.

Three themes seem to invade both films. One, each film has very positive father characters. In "World," Amina's dad is very encouraging of his independent daughter's work and personal life.
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By jordyn skye on March 24, 2014
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A tale of two women who fall in lust with each other. Sounds good but don't be fooled. A story that has to be written by straight folks cause it just aint queer at al! Fashionably gay I guess. Seems lots about sex and nothing else. I bought this dvd because Im queer and love stuff about my life style. Id pass on this one if Id seen it before I bought it.
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I rented both I Can't Think Straight and The World Unseen from Netflix, but enjoyed The World Unseen so much I ended up purchasing this set.

I've posted detailed reviews of both movies under the separate DVD's, as the reviews were too long to post in a single review here. But here's a summary:

I Can't Think Straight - Promising Debut Film: I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, but ultimately gave it 4 stars. I considered 3 stars because: the story is predictable; I didn't get why the women were attracted to each other in the first place; most conflicts are glossed over or just magically non-existent; there was too much dialogue and not enough acting; and the acting was a bit stiff and blunt in places. Ultimately I gave it 4 stars because: I really appreciated the treatment of these oh-so-familiar issues in a new (to me) cultural context; there was good humor - I laughed out loud in places; the lead actresses are gorgeous and have good chemistry together; and it's a positive, upbeat lesbian romance.

The World Unseen - Brilliant!: Unequivocal 5 stars. The story is compelling; the pacing is perfect; the context is rich and expertly developed; the acting across the board is precise, restrained and revealing; the cinematography is excellent; and that kiss in Miriam's bedroom continues to haunt me, even weeks later - the laser's burning a hole in the DVD at that point in the movie!
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