Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha
FEATURE NARRATIVE 97 Minutes World Premiere
Early in Stray Dolls, a passport is unceremoniously shredded unbeknownst to its owner, Riz (Geetanjali Thapa), an action that stands in stark contrast to the owner’s hopes for a new beginning. This duality propels the action of Sonejuhi Sinha’s moody and atmospheric thriller. Leaving India behind to break with a life of petty crime, Riz arrives stateside and gets a housekeeping job at the decidedly landlocked Tides Plaza Motel. Its manager Una (Cynthia Nixon) houses and employs several other young people in dire straits, including Dallas (Olivia DeJonge), Riz’s new roommate. At first antagonistic, the girls soon realize that their opposite personalities complement each other. Dallas is a bit of a wild card, hooking up with a skeezy dealer (Robert Aramayo) who is also Una’s son, whereas Riz is guarded but stolid, reluctant to take any route forward that isn’t entirely legal.

Sinha’s style is seductive and sensory, swathed in vibrant gel lights and rushes of primal tactility, which she uses to keep motivations and actions murky. She immerses her characters in a dense fog, the safest direction unknown and notions of “right” and “wrong” becoming increasingly irrelevant.

—Jule Rozite
Drama, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Sonejuhi Sinha’s short film, Love Comes Later, premiered in-competition at Cannes. Sinha developed its feature version, Stray Dolls, at Cannes’ NEXTSTEP development labs and TFI’s THL program, under the mentorship of Dee Rees and Catherine Hardwicke. Sinha received the IWC award for Stray Dolls.

Film Info
  • Section:
    US Narrative Competition
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  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Nepali
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Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Charlotte Rabate, Sonejuhi Sinha, Edward Parks
  • Cast:
    Geetanjali Thapa, Olivia DeJonge, Robert Aramayo, Cynthia Nixon
  • Editor:
    J.D. Smyth
  • Composer:
    Gingger Shankar
  • Associate Producer:
    Harrison Nesbit, Shane Sigler, JD Smyth
  • Director:
    Sonejuhi Sinha
  • Executive Producer:
    Niraj Bhatia, Dan Burks, Stephanie Apt, Guillaume Rabate, Chris Jonns
  • Cinematographer:
    Shane Sigler
  • Screenwriter:
    Sonejuhi Sinha, Charlotte Rabate