The Journey

2004 | Coming Out / Lesbian / Parenting/Family / Relationships / Sexuality / Women's Studies | 107m | India
Directors: Ligy J. Pullappally

Beautiful young Kiran falls in love with her lifelong best friend, the effervescent Delilah. But in their idyllic Indian village, tradition still dictates that a girl marry a boy chosen by her family. With longing in her heart, Kiran refrains from expressing her love. However, one day her neighbor Rajan comes to Kiran and asks her to help him compose love letters to Delilah. Thinking this will serve as an outlet for her feelings, Kiran agrees, and writes passionate, poetic love letters to Delilah in Rajan’s name. Delilah, however, suspects that Rajan might not be the author, and soon discovers her friend’s secret. Kiran fears that this will end their friendship, but Delilah thrills her by confessing similar feelings. They somewhat recklessly begin a lesbian relationship, and their deep emotion soon becomes obvious to their families—and to the community.

“The film is full of emotion—angst and joy, heartache and heartbreak—and lets the viewer follow the girls on a beautiful path to self-discovery.” —MetroWeekly Magazine

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Reviews and Awards

“Touching!” —Variety

“Breathes new life into a romantic storyline a la Romeo and Juliet” —Washington Blade

“Told with beauty, sweetness and smoldering tension, The Journey is the first Indian film since Deepa Mehta’s Fire to seriously and sensitively portray a lesbian relationship.” NewFest

“Mesmerizing lyricism.” —