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A Fond Kiss (2004)

Cast: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Ahmad Riaz, more...
Director: Ken Loach
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Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 105 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty team up again for the romantic drama Ae Fond Kiss. The filmmaking team's third film set in Glasgow, this story involves a mixed-race relationship that causes problems for all involved. Casim Khan (Atta Yaqub) lives with his Punjabi-born Muslim family in Scotland. He wants to open a nightclub with pal Hammid (Shy Ramsan), but his parents have arranged for him to marry his cousin Jasmine (Sunna Mirza). Then he meets Irish schoolteacher Roisin Hanlon (Eva Birthistle), whom he quickly falls for. After calling off his family-approved engagement, Casim is ostracized by his father, Tariq (Ahmad Riaz). Meanwhile, Roisin runs into a concerned priest (Gerard Kelly) when she tries to get a job at a Catholic school. A Fond Kiss won several prizes at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Observing an Inter-Faith/Race Love Story From All Sides by talltale March 29, 2005 - 4:21 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Ken Loach seems incapable of making a bad movie. His films range from wonderful ("Land and Freedom," "Sweet Sixteen") to almost there ("Bread and Roses" and "Carla's Song"), but they are all full of good performances and a thoughtful, mind-broadening use of themes like politics, economics, and--this time--religion to mirror our changing world. In A FOND KISS, an Irish Catholic woman and Muslim man become romantically involved in Glasgow, and his family and her work situation become "threatened" enough to try destroying the pair's bond. From this situation, Loach and his actors create a most interesting world.

The film's primary strength comes from its rich understanding of how difficult it is to combat eons of religion and culture. More than with almost any other film I can recall, the viewer comes to appreciate how difficult the situation is for the extended Muslim family and the administrators of the church-school in which the woman works. Loach gives both their due (deservedly less to the church school and local priest) but he also creates a pair of tender-hearted lovers who try their best to fight against history. Finding out how--and if--they manage it makes this film definitely worth a rent.

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(Average 6.13)
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