A Fond Kiss Reviews

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October 31, 2018
It's an unquestionably humane film, and Loach deserves credit for dramatising the conflicts and compromises that come with being a 2nd generation immigrant in modern Britain.
August 1, 2007
An example of cinema verite at its very best.
May 25, 2007
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.
March 1, 2007
The film tells its tale so convincingly and stirringly, the familiarity becomes unimportant.
October 29, 2006
Loach delivers another of his beautifully observed portraits of working-class people in social and political turmoil.
October 13, 2005
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.
April 21, 2005
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.
March 10, 2005
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.
December 18, 2004
December 17, 2004
I was offered a ring of movie matrimony, but it was less than a perfect fit
December 5, 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.
November 29, 2004
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.
November 29, 2004
English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.
November 29, 2004
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.
November 29, 2004
It's an old-fashioned story told with fine, contemporary insight.
November 29, 2004
[Loach] sheds little new light on the inevitable clashes between parents rooted to their native culture and their Western-influenced offspring.
November 24, 2004
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.
November 24, 2004
Loach deftly, delicately balances the political and the personal and gets tender performances from his ridiculously charming leads.
November 23, 2004
Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.
October 6, 2004
This is believable, intelligent filmmaking. It's just that, considering the makers' pedigree, Ae Fond Kiss... is more of a peck than a smacker.
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