Movies to watch

November 8, 2008 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

Shamim Sharif‘s next film due out soon! I Can’t Think Straight, based on her third novel, is a romantic comedy about two women from different cultures who unexpectedly fall in love. Practically autobiographical.

Shamim’s first film, The World Unseen was adapted from her first novel. Dramatic, that one. Set in rural South Africa during apartheid, it showed a subculture I had heard of but not seen before – Indian and Ceylonese merchants who migrated to South Africa. Lisa Ray (seriously droolworthy…) is too beautiful for words. I, along with the whole cinema of lesbians, mourned the anti-climactic ending but the actors made it a memorable film. Interesting that Lisa and Sheetal Sheth are together again in ICTS.

Caramel, a film by Nadine Labaki, is the best film I’ve seen this year. It is about the women in and around a beauty shop in the poorer side of Lebanon. Warmly funny and tenderly endearing, it will make you laugh in the glow of their friendship. There’s a reason for the title Caramel. A must see. 5 STARS from me. Yes, there is a lesbian in there.

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