Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss) (2004)
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. Ae Fond Kiss won several prizes at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. … More
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Critic Reviews for Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss)
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.
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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