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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.
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.
An example of cinema verite at its very best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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