My Son the Fanatic (1999)
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Critic Reviews for My Son the Fanatic
Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is a knockout as Bettina (real name Sandra) the hooker who finds her own badly needed affection in Parvez.
Powerful drama that takes cultural differences between family members seriously.
The drama vividly conveys how certain brands of religion drive families apart instead of bonding them together.
My Son the Fanatic, though sometimes funny, shows Kureishi deferring his human-bashing, and presenting an unsuspected warmth and lyricism.
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.
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.
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.
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