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Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss) (2004)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


User Ratings: 4,480



Movie Info

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 … More

R (for some strong sexuality and language)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 15, 2005
Castle Hill Productions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3) | DVD (7)

A small movie, told in a familiar way, and it fails to draw the big picture it could. But it does provide one unusual, and very striking sketch of two lives in crisis, and one community in transition.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Although Loach takes pains to present all sides of the issues he raises, he courageously faces up to the truth about people's lives, which is his abiding strength.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The filmmaker's scope expands to take in Casim's parents and two sisters, whose public shame and private despair at having the only son move in with a 'goree' -- a white girl -- is made palpably, wrenchingly real.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.

Full Review… | November 23, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

An example of cinema verite at its very best.

Full Review… | August 1, 2007
Sly Fox

With Loach's Romeo and Juliet in a post-9/11 world, his dramatic focus on an increasingly nomadic planet is both spare and blistering.

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
Long Island Press

The film tells its tale so convincingly and stirringly, the familiarity becomes unimportant.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Loach delivers another of his beautifully observed portraits of working-class people in social and political turmoil.

Full Review… | October 29, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

For Loach, the liberal filmmaker who is considered in film circles to be the social conscience of films, this is one of his lesser films.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wonderful ensemble drama that gently draws you into its political concerns with richly personal dramas, showing the bruising ups and downs of love and family heartache.

April 21, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Consummate recorders of the grit-and-grime struggle of the underclasses, Loach and collaborator Paul Laverty employ rapid-fire dialogue (rendered ear-poppingly undecipherable in Scots accents) in disheveled and very real family settings.

March 10, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

I was offered a ring of movie matrimony, but it was less than a perfect fit

Full Review… | December 17, 2004

Despite its flaws, it tackles the societal forces that try to enforce laws on the human heart with such unblinking honesty that it becomes haunting and thought-provoking.

Full Review… | December 5, 2004

It's an old-fashioned story told with fine, contemporary insight.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
Los Angeles Daily News

[Loach] sheds little new light on the inevitable clashes between parents rooted to their native culture and their Western-influenced offspring.

Full Review… | November 29, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Loach deftly, delicately balances the political and the personal and gets tender performances from his ridiculously charming leads.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004
E! Online

This is believable, intelligent filmmaking. It's just that, considering the makers' pedigree, Ae Fond Kiss... is more of a peck than a smacker.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004

[Loach] manages to reach beyond social debate to touch you on an emotional level.

Full Review… | September 19, 2004
Empire Magazine

Ae fond kiss... (...) offers us (...) a slice of life that is truly wonderful in all its simplicity and realism. Ken Loach's film ranks among the years best.

July 30, 2004

Audience Reviews for Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss)


A modern Romeo and Juliet story directed by Ken Loach. It may be a little soapy sometimes but it is always honest, told with simplicity and raising some solid questions about religious and cultural intolerance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

They speak English in Scotland, but you need subtitles to understand them. I really enjoyed this movie. It explores many aspects of cross-cultural relationships with honesty and without oversimplifying it. Although the main plot deals with a romantic relationship between a non-practicing Catholic and a Muslim, other subplots like the parents-daughter are equally interesting. Well done.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Religious and cultural intolerance provide the conflict in this film about two people who meet and fall in love despite their differences. She is an Irish Catholic girl, teaching in a parochial school in Glasgow. He is a Pakitani Muslim man whose parents emigrated forty years ago, but refuse to let go of the customs and traditions of home. Their love grows by fits and starts and threatens to tear his family apart and to threaten her economic stability. Hard to believe that a modern western nation has such strict religious laws on its books. Joy and sorrow and angst and family loyalty and religious faith and betrayal and starting over all take their turn in this one. It will make you angry. It will make you think. It will even entertain. All good reasons to see this one.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Ae fond kiss was more than a love story, it really spoke the difficulties from those of different backgrounds and religion when they fell in love. Family, society,careers, were deciding their lives. I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end.It had just the right amounts of humor and romance and drama to make it more enjoyable.Ken Loach showed the subjects of religion, race, and cultural differences in a very sensitive way. The actors had wonderful chemistry, which made the story believable and likable.It was very well acted, and I highly recommended this movie.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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