My Son the Fanatic

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Pakistani-born Parvez (Om Puri) has been a cab driver in the North of England for many years, struggling to provide a better life for his family. He could not be more thrilled that his son, Farid (Akbar Kurtha), looks poised to make a good marriage. But Farid unexpectedly calls the wedding off, suddenly under the influence of radical Islamic fundamentalists, and Parvez consoles himself by having an affair with an understanding prostitute, Bettina (Rachel Griffiths).

Cast & Crew

Judi Jones
Mrs. Fingerhut
Geoffrey Bateman
Chief Insp. Fingerhut
Hanif Kureishi
Writer (Novel)
George Faber
Executive Producer
Anita Overland
Line Producer
Stephen Warbeck
Original Music
Alan Almond
Cinematographer
David Gamble
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Critic Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

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Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic

  • Jul 17, 2007
    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.
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