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...
R (for sexuality, language and a scene of drug use)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Om Puri
as Parvez
Gopi Desai
as Minoo
Sarah-Jane Potts
as Madelaine
Bhasker Patel
as The Maulvi
Shakher Bassi
as Acolyte
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
Shiv Grewal
as Waiter
Omar Salimi
as Rashid
Dev Sagoo
as Taxi Controller
Rowena King
as Margot
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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2009

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Powerful drama that takes cultural differences between family members seriously.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for My Son the Fanatic


well-acted snapshot of immigrant integration against a backdrop of revived cultural pride to the point of fanaticism in the subsequent generation. it raises many questions about society, identity and ultimately compassion. griffiths & puri turn in convincing performances, as did a non-so-familiar younger skarsgard.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

It was a decent movie. It was hard to understand the main guy most of the time, but it was easy to sympathize with his struggle. Losing his son to radical Islam and having a "dull" wife is hard on a man.

Jeremy !
Jeremy !

An engagingly offbeat love story, set against a background of cross-cultural tensions in northern England, that benefits enormously from textured perfs by leads Om Puri and Rachel Griffiths.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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