Ali and Nino (2016)

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Set against the sweeping tide of history, this is the breathtaking tale of a romance that crosses political, geographic, and religious divides. Azerbaijan, 1918: though he is Muslim and she is Christian, Ali (Adam Bakri) and Nino (Maria Valverde) defy their parents and marry. At first it appears that their all-consuming love will be enough to overcome the differences in their backgrounds. But their bond is soon put the test, first as she confronts what it means to be a westernized woman living in a traditionalist society, and then again when everything they know is turned upside down by the arrival of World War I.

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Cast

Adam Bakri
as Ali Khan Shirvanshir
María Valverde
as Nino Kipiani
Mandy Patinkin
as Duke Kipiani
Connie Nielsen
as Duchess Kipiani
Homayoun Ershadi
as Ali's Father

Critic Reviews for Ali and Nino

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

While Bakri and Valverde are nice looking performers, too much of their time on-screen consists of gazing at each other with silly, smitten smiles.

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Ali and Nino" aspires to epicness and comes pretty close to getting there.

Nov 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Kapadia seems more enraptured by country-crossing movement and breathtaking locations than the details of two people in love.

Nov 17, 2016 | Full Review…

It's all very tasteful, if not terribly exciting.

Nov 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Ali & Nino looks extravagant and beautiful. The romance can be simple, sweet, and lovely at times, but it does fall a bit on the melodramatic side.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ali & Nino never manages to thrill the spectator, nor to implicate him in the intimate drama. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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