*** Film Review *** Margarita, with a Straw (LGBT Health and Wellbeing Event)

By Amy McCombes

This film is about a young Indian woman called Laila, who has cerebral palsy and is studying in New Delhi at the start; she has a relationship with a disabled man but this doesn’t work out. Later, she is offered a scholarship at New York University; after moving there, she falls in love with a blind woman, also of Asian descent – she realises that she is bisexual but is afraid her family won’t approve.

The film explores themes related to disability, sexuality and family; it follows the main character through her journey of self-discovery, acceptance and independence with a clear narrative. I found the venue, Lifecare Cafe, and LGBT Health and Wellbeing who were showing the film, very accessible and welcoming.

It was helpful that they had subtitles on throughout the film as sometimes the language used changed very quickly and this made it easier to understand Laila despite her speech difficulty. The panel before the film discussed whether it would have been better if performed by disabled actors. Although Laila’s disability is portrayed quite well, I partly agreed with the panel because it focused too much on stereotypes instead of realistically representing the characters. I would give it four stars and definitely recommend it.

Amy is reviewing on behalf of get2gether, all of our reviewers have lived experience of disability and are reviewing from their unique perspective. Find out more about Amy here.