August 20, 2015
Directed by Shonali Bose
100 min | 2014 | India | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu
Winner of the 2015 Damn These Heels Film Festival Audience Award for Dramatic Film
Director Shonali Bose’s film about a young woman with cerebral palsy on a journey of self-discovery that takes her from India to New York City is delightful and surprising.
Laila is an adventurous, yet wheelchair-bound, 16-year-old, whose life is strikingly similar to that of any teenager. She shares a bedroom with her younger brother, and her loving parents are anything but overprotective, encouraging her to develop a sense of freedom that allows her to interact with everyone without any trace of self-consciousness. However, she is naïve in the ways of romance.
After being rejected by the lead singer of the band she writes songs for, Laila drops out of school and receives a timely acceptance letter to go to school in New York City. While settling into new surroundings and finding a new sense of freedom, Laila meets a fellow student and a blind activist who takes her to places she has never been.
With a stellar performance by Kalki Koechlin, Margarita, with a Straw demonstrates that connection is possible regardless of nationality, gender, or ability.
Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2014 BFI London Film Festival