My Son the Fanatic (1999)
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 Western hedonism over the kitchen table of an Asian family... … More
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Critic Reviews for My Son the Fanatic
Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is a knockout as Bettina (real name Sandra) the hooker who finds her own badly needed affection in Parvez.
Powerful drama that takes cultural differences between family members seriously.
The drama vividly conveys how certain brands of religion drive families apart instead of bonding them together.
My Son the Fanatic, though sometimes funny, shows Kureishi deferring his human-bashing, and presenting an unsuspected warmth and lyricism.
Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic
While the world was getting over excited about The Full Monty and mistaking it for what the late 90's England was really like, they were missing quality films like My Son the Fanatic. Gritty, low budget film making at its very best and with an original story to tell. It's one of the more original Anglo-Indian films made in the last thirty or so years that tackles subjects that people only really started to talk about ten years later rather than the usual cliches. Om Puri is one of the best actors working today and is criminally under-appreciated. A good story will always prevail, the performances and script are perfect, this is the sort of film that should be being made in the UK instead of just the American blockbusters and the likes of The Full Monty et al.More
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.More
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