My Son the Fanatic (1999)


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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...

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Om Puri
as Parvez
Bhasker Patel
as The Maulvi
Geoffrey Bateman
as Chief Inspector
Judi Jones
as Mrs. Fingerhut
Bernard Wrigley
as Drunk Man
Moya Brady
as Druggy Prostitute
Badi Uzzaman
as Man in Mosque
Andy Devine
as Comedian
Dev Sagoo
as Taxi Controller
Olwen May
as Prostitutes
Alison Burrows
as Prostitutes
Parvez Qadir
as Acolytes
Rez Kempton
as Drivers
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Critic Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

Puri and Griffiths work beautifully together.

Jan 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is a knockout as Bettina (real name Sandra) the hooker who finds her own badly needed affection in Parvez.

Jul 19, 2008 | Full Review…

Powerful drama that takes cultural differences between family members seriously.

Mar 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The drama vividly conveys how certain brands of religion drive families apart instead of bonding them together.

Mar 3, 2002 | Full Review…

My Son the Fanatic, though sometimes funny, shows Kureishi deferring his human-bashing, and presenting an unsuspected warmth and lyricism.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It is so bland and unexciting that it is hard to tell what all the fuss is about.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

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.

Dean L
Dean L

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