A Fond Kiss

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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.

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Critic Reviews for A Fond Kiss

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

  • 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Nov 29, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 24, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.

    Nov 23, 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.

    Oct 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

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Audience Reviews for A Fond Kiss

  • Jul 19, 2011
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2010
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2010
    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.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2009
    This is a modern Romeo and Juliet movie, set in Glascow. The star-crossed lovers are a Muslim and a lapsed Catholic. A good little film with insightful social commentary.
    Juli R Super Reviewer

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