Towelhead (2007)

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Drama | 124 minutes
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Against the backdrop of the first Gulf War, Jasira Maroun is 13, physically well developed but naïve and unable to say no. As puberty arrives, her mother sends her from Syracuse to Houston to her curt, up-tight, Lebanese-born father. Over the next few months, Jasira must navigate her father's strict indifference, her discovery of sexual pleasure, the casual racism of a neighbor boy and her classmates, the sexual advances of the boy's father, the proffered friendship of a pregnant neighbor, and her attraction to Thomas, an African-American classmate whom her father forbids her to see. Things happen to her, but ca...
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n she take responsibility and control, or is tragedy inevitable?
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Six Feet Under creator and American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of author Alicia Erian's controversial novel Towelhead. Jasira (Summer Bishil) is a 13-year-old Arab-American who's contending with the pains of adolescence when her life takes a sudden and unexpected turn. Sent to live with her stern Lebanese father, Rifat (Peter Macdissi), by her self-absorbed mother (Maria Bello), Jasira finds herself struggling to adjust to life in the suburbs while contending with racism and hypocrisy at every turn. Rifat lives in a modest, suburban Houston home n...
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ext to racist reservist Mr. Vuoso (Aaron Eckhart) and meddling expectant mother Melina (Toni Collette). Adjusting to life in the suburbs isn't easy for young Jasira, though she tries her hardest to adapt to the unfamiliar environment by striking up casual conversations with her curious new neighbors. In the process, Jasira finds herself increasingly attracted to hormone-driven African-American teen Thomas (Eugene Jones). When Rifat finds out that his daughter's new boyfriend is black, he vehemently condemns the relationship. As America launches its initial invasion of Iraq, Jasira finds herself caught up in a potentially explosive situation that is only compounded by her raging hormones and the snooping of her pregnant, busybody neighbor.
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Wanneer de vriend van haar moeder een ongezonde interesse in haar begint te vertonen wordt Jasira, een dertienjarig Amerikaans-Arabisch meisje, door haar moeder naar Texas gestuurd om bij haar Libanese vader te gaan wonen. Haar strenge vader is echter niet in staat zijn puberdochter de aandacht en liefde te geven die ze nodig heeft, noch kan hij omgaan met Jasira's tegenstrijdige gevoelens over haar snel veranderende lichaam. Amerika staat op het punt Koeweit binnen te vallen, en Jasira raakt op school steeds meer geïsoleerd als haar klasgenoten haar beginnen uit te schelden voor 'Theedoek!'. Haar eenzaamheid en...
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haar groeiende frustratie over de tegenstrijdige regels van haar ouders drijven haar tot rebels gedrag. Daarnaast worstelt ze met haar ontluikende seksualiteit.
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Towelhead can be described as gloomy. The plot revolves around racism, gender, and family problems. The main genre is drama. In approach, Towelhead is serious and realistic. The storytelling is slow paced. It is set, at least in part, in the suburbs and in a small town. Towelhead is located in Texas. It takes place during the Gulf War. It is based on a book. Towelhead has received attention for being critically acclaimed. Note that it involves strong sexual content and profanity.

Six Feet Under creator and American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of author Alicia Erian's controversial novel Towelhead. Jasira (Summer Bishil) is a 13-year-old Arab-American who's contending with the pains of adolescence when her life takes a sudden and unexpected turn. Sent to live with her stern Lebanese father, Rifat (Peter Macdissi), by her self-absorbed mother (Maria Bello), Jasira finds herself struggling to adjust to life in the suburbs while contending with racism and hypocrisy at every turn. Rifat lives in a modest, suburban Houston home n...
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ext to racist reservist Mr. Vuoso (Aaron Eckhart) and meddling expectant mother Melina (Toni Collette). Adjusting to life in the suburbs isn't easy for young Jasira, though she tries her hardest to adapt to the unfamiliar environment by striking up casual conversations with her curious new neighbors. In the process, Jasira finds herself increasingly attracted to hormone-driven African-American teen Thomas (Eugene Jones). When Rifat finds out that his daughter's new boyfriend is black, he vehemently condemns the relationship. As America launches its initial invasion of Iraq, Jasira finds herself caught up in a potentially explosive situation that is only compounded by her raging hormones and the snooping of her pregnant, busybody neighbor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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