Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss) (2004)
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Set in Glasgow's south side, this film is about an Asian family whose daughter, Tahara, goes to the local Catholic school. When Tahara's brother, Casim -- an accountancy graduate turned DJ -- meets trainee teacher Roisin Hanlon, sparks fly while cultures and personalities collide.
Jul 14, 2004 Wide
Mar 15, 2005
Castle Hill Productions - Official Site
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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.
English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.
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.
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.
Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.
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.
The film tells its tale so convincingly and stirringly, the familiarity becomes unimportant.
Loach delivers another of his beautifully observed portraits of working-class people in social and political turmoil.
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.
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.
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.
I was offered a ring of movie matrimony, but it was less than a perfect fit
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.
[Loach] sheds little new light on the inevitable clashes between parents rooted to their native culture and their Western-influenced offspring.
Loach deftly, delicately balances the political and the personal and gets tender performances from his ridiculously charming leads.
This is believable, intelligent filmmaking. It's just that, considering the makers' pedigree, Ae Fond Kiss... is more of a peck than a smacker.
[Loach] manages to reach beyond social debate to touch you on an emotional level.
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.
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