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Three Veils [DVD]

Sheetal Sheth , Angela Zahra , Rolla Selbak    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sheetal Sheth, Angela Zahra, Mercedes Masöhn
  • Directors: Rolla Selbak
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VNHON0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From trailblazing director Rolla Selbak, starring Sheetal Sheth (The World Unseen, I Can't Think Straight), Mercedes Masöhn (Quarantine 2) and introducing Syrian TV star Angela Zahra, comes a triptych tale of three women facing up to futures that clash with what they were brought up to expect and embrace.

Three Veils is the story of three young Muslim women whose lives unexpectedly intersect as they deal with issues of sexuality, tradition, and identity. To the outside world, they seem to be typical young college students dealing with the challenges of growing up and finding ones place in the world. But each girl has a story that, behind the veil, is brimming with desire.

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"Heartily recommended... the performances are fantastic" --AfterEllen.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great story, great acting 21 Aug 2012
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This is a film I will be glad to keep in my permanent collection. It reminded me, in some ways, of If these Walls Could Talk 2 - following the lives of contemporary women and their lives, laughs, struggles as they seek to become true to themselves in a world that has different expectations/sometimes hands them a raw deal.

Great performances by the three very different female leads. The rest of the cast is strong, too; again, with some great contrasts between characters

The story is told - or at least parts of it are - three times. Each time from the perspective of one of the three female leads. On the whole, this device works and is a useful reminder that whilst we only experience life from our perspective there are others that are equally valid.

It also reminded me, in a very different way, of Sliding Doors - the `what if' moments are more subtle but there are instances where if someone had arrived a moment earlier/later things might have been very different. And, that, of course, is very true to life. As, I think, is the whole film. The women and the issues they face feel `real' and could apply across a variety of ages, cultures and traditions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three women 21 Feb 2013
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The story of the 3 very different, but interconnected, lives of three Middle Eastern women living in the US.

Leyla is preparing to get married, leaving best friend tomboy Nikki and life as she knew it behind. However, when she meets Jamal, an acquaintance (Amira) from school's brother, she starts doubting whether she is engaged to the right person and for the right reason.
Nikki and Amira are introduced as extremes in Leyla's life where Nikki represents the crazy, funny and popular - but self-proclaimend f***up - friend, and Amira is the geeky, religious aspiring study partner, but the two start a budding friendship when Leyla has less time for them and when they realise that they actually kind of like - and maybe even need - each other.

It's well acted and with an interesting storyline where you see the different sides to the story from changing perspectives starting with Leyla, then Amira and finally Nikki. The three stories interweave beautifully and there is not too much overlap and repetition although they are all the same events, but with a different focus. This works very well. My only main complaint is that I thought the ending was a bit abrupt or superficial considering how much else had been put into the story.

Not so much a lesbian film as a film that deals with coming of age and finding your place in the world, but well worth a view. 3.5 stars

Extras
Behind the veils
On the set
Deleted scenes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 15 July 2013
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I enjoyed this. It's got depth in the lifes of these women and the women have there own persoanl charitistic.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 19 Feb 2013
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The worst movie I have ever seen.
Boring movie and a waste of money
Actors terrible. Did not look natural
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Veils blew me away 12 Aug 2012
By 8isgreat08 - Published on Amazon.com
The title of this review states it all. I was truly blown away by this film.

Rolla Selbak has created such an honest, beautiful film that tackles "controversial" issues that should not be controversial, as they are real and happen all the time all over the world. I truly respect her for being brave enough to tackle these issues, when it's a known fact that some groups of individuals were not going to be happy about the subject matter.

Sheetal Sheth continues to amaze me, as she gives another incredible performance in this film. Throughout the film she had me torn between laughter and crying as my heart broke for the struggles she had to deal with.

Angela Zahra and Mercedes Masohn also gave wonderful performances throughout the film, as I truly felt for their characters and what they were going through.

I waited over a year to see this film, and it was incredibly worth the wait. I recommend that everyone should watch this film, as I believe that everyone can take something valuable from it. Fantastic film!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Veils 3 Oct 2012
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
What an amazingly talented group of young women! Rolla Selbak has delivered a real gem. Raw, honest, real emotion with 3 terribly important story lines connected to one another through friendship. Issues so many face but rarely discuss. This movie is full of heart and emotion. I laughed, cried, was angered and left enriched by the stories told.

Sheetal Sheth has quickly become one of my "local" favorites-as I discovered we grew up in the same area. Her talent is astounding-as I continue to discover her work.

The entire cast proved,these issues are real. Although they are contversial, they need to be recognized as such and dealt with through truth and compassion.

Well worth the wait!! Fantastic movie!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 11 Aug 2012
By E. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
I was so excited to see this film. I was instantly captivated as I began to watch this movie...each character in the film is wonderful. Sheetal Sheth is outstanding as Nikki...I loved her candidness and her humor. Angela Zahra was so beautiful and nuturing, I could easily connect with each character's life experience. Mercedes Masohn was so innocent and lovely...loved her. I have watched it over and over...Great film! Rolla Selbak takes you on quite a journey through each of these women's lives.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Film 11 Aug 2012
By Stephanie French - Published on Amazon.com
I was able to see Three Veils at a screening in Alaska and was completely blown away by the film. It is a story about a specific period of time in the lives of three Muslim-American young women who are each dealing with their own struggles such as arranged marriage, lesbianism, substance abuse and who's lives are intertwined through friendship.

The director, Ms. Selbak, did a fantastic job in the way she wrote the film as we see the story told three times from the three different points of view of the three main leads. Leyla, who is dealing with an arranged marriage; Amira, who as a devout Muslim is stuggling lesbian tendencies and Nikki, who is dealing with substance abuse while dealing with family issues.

While all of the above are very dark subject matters, Ms. Selbak interjects humor into the mix as well. I laughed with the film, I cried with the film.

The three lead actresses did a phenomenal job. I was especially taken with the performances of Sheetal Sheth as Nikki and Angela Zahra as Amira, both of which grab you from the beginning of the film and don't let go. It's refreshing to see such strong women characters in film. The supporting cast was also fabulous as well.

I would highly recommend this film to everyone but especially to women everywhere. While these are Muslim-American women in the film, the themes are universal to all women. They are struggles that we all face regardless of our ethnic, religious or societal backgrounds.

Thank you, Ms. Selbak for creating such an amazing film that I certainly connected with.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking!! 22 Dec 2012
By OC_MED - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best films about women I have seen. It is truly groundbreaking in the sense that it tackles many of the hard issues, including sexual taboos, that Middle Eastern women (and women in general) struggle with, but are rarely discussed, and does it with all honesty and truth and without any fear. I applaud the director and the cast for a wonderful and courageous film that is also tender, beautiful and entertaining.
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