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on 21 August 2012
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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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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on 8 October 2014
intriguing tale of Islamic society.
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on 24 December 2014
nice movie its worth watching great storyline told in free different storys
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on 24 February 2015
great culture movie divide would recommend watching this 1
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on 11 October 2015
Loved the film, the actresses were all very convincing.
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on 17 August 2014
good film good acing
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on 22 July 2014
Not a bad film.
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on 11 October 2015
Very good
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on 17 August 2014
Excellent
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