My Son the Fanatic (1999)

My Son the Fanatic

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Parvez is a reserved taxi driver who has spent 25 years in England building a life for himself and his family. Minoo is Parvez's dutiful wife and Farid is Parvez's teenage son, who is consumed with preserving his roots in a multicultural country. The stability of Parvez's home is disrupted when Parvez begins an illicit love affair with a local prostitute, Bettina, and a German business man, Schitz, comes to town and challenges Parvez to live a more free lifestyle. Now, fundamentalism meets … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language and a scene of drug use)
Genre: Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hanif Kureishi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2000
Runtime:
Miramax

Cast


as Parvez

as The Maulvi

as Chief Inspector

as Mrs. Fingerhut

as Drunk Man

as Druggy Prostitute

as Man in Mosque

as Comedian

as Taxi Controller

as Prostitutes

as Prostitutes

as Acolytes

as Drivers
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Critic Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Puri and Griffiths work beautifully together.

Full Review… | January 3, 2009
TheMovieReport.com

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is a knockout as Bettina (real name Sandra) the hooker who finds her own badly needed affection in Parvez.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

Why is this movie in the category of Comedy? It had some comedic moments borne out of real life situations, but it is far from a comedy. This film deals with some serious issues. Morality, religion, race, race "mixing," love, honor. It is really quite stirring. I rented this film to watch something light and funny and also because I adore Rachel Griffiths (who is wonderful in this film as she has beein in Me, Myself, I + Muriel's Wedding and, of course, Six Feet Under), but as another rater noted Om Puri is trulythe star. With a family in dissaray, love lost, a son who has become a fanatic in the teachings that he (the Father-Parvez [Om Puri]) turned away from as a child...there is chaos in this home. Rachel Griffiths plays the "Hooker with a heart of gold,"...not quite. Not your typical Julia Roberts Pretty woman prostitute-by this I mean a character who is more real. Who has real life problems and dreams and foibles. Parvez, With so many broken hearts and so many parts of a life and family to mend and protect...he had forgotten his own heart. Keep an open mind when you watch. It is a great film,...but it is not a Comedy.

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Dean L

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