West Is West (2011)




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Manchester, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So, in a last, desperate attempt to 'sort him out', his father decides to pack him off to Mrs. Khan No. 1 -- the wife and daughters he had abandoned 30 years earlier and their family in the Punjab. It is not long before Ella Khan (Mrs. Khan No. 2), with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.
Comedy , Drama
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Om Puri
as George
Nadim Sawalha
as Sufi Pir Naseem
Aqib Khan
as Sajid Khan
Jimi Mistry
as Tariq Khan
Vanessa Hehir
as Esther
Ila Arun
as Basheera Khan
Emil Marwa
as Maneer Khan
Vijay Raaz
as Tanvir
Zita Sattar
as Neelam Haqq
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Critic Reviews for West Is West

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

It takes some getting used to, but be patient: Within the madness, there's definitely a method, and rewards for the reaping.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Globe and Mail
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With no culture-clash cliché left unplundered, Andy DeEmmony sets his camera to autopilot for a film which never decides who or what it's about.

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 24, 2010
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Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | July 13, 2011
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Full Review… | May 31, 2011
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Audience Reviews for West Is West


Intriguing sequel to 'East is East', this film follows teenager Sajid, George, Ella, and Maneer in the homelands of the Khan patriarch. With Annie (Ella's best friend) in tow, Ella finds the countryside an entirely different world and a whole different life that George had left behind. Getting to know the first wife, Ella realizes there is more to this side of the family with their troubles as much as there is to deal with her own. In the meantime, Sajid and Maneer are striving to keep the family together while also having a round of skirmishes of their own. Worthy!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


Very cookie cutter in its approach. You could take any sentimental film from the last twenty years, replicate all the poignant scenes and come up with a film like this. Feels forced. The characters are taking unbelievable leaps of faith.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This is a great immigrant film. It's also a good "city movie", highlighting Pakistani villages and culture as a central character. It doesn't stand out on its story, and don't expect Oscar worthy performances. But "West is West" rather delivers a very important, thoughtful social message that I believe could in some way better any viewer. Great follow up to "East is East".

Kervin Smith
Kervin Smith

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