A Fond Kiss (2004)
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as Roisin Hanlon
as Tahara Khan
as Sadia Khan
as Rukhsana Khan
as Wee Roddie
as Big Roddie
Critic Reviews for A Fond Kiss
A small movie, told in a familiar way, and it fails to draw the big picture it could. But it does provide one unusual, and very striking sketch of two lives in crisis, and one community in transition.
English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.
Although Loach takes pains to present all sides of the issues he raises, he courageously faces up to the truth about people's lives, which is his abiding strength.
Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.
This is believable, intelligent filmmaking. It's just that, considering the makers' pedigree, Ae Fond Kiss... is more of a peck than a smacker.
There is intimacy, performances that feel like flesh and blood, a very organic drama and brief brushstrokes of the provocative social realism that springs from the style of this director who always projects something interesting. [Full review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for A Fond Kiss
A modern Romeo and Juliet story directed by Ken Loach. It may be a little soapy sometimes but it is always honest, told with simplicity and raising some solid questions about religious and cultural intolerance.
They speak English in Scotland, but you need subtitles to understand them. I really enjoyed this movie. It explores many aspects of cross-cultural relationships with honesty and without oversimplifying it. Although the main plot deals with a romantic relationship between a non-practicing Catholic and a Muslim, other subplots like the parents-daughter are equally interesting. Well done.
Ae fond kiss was more than a love story, it really spoke the difficulties from those of different backgrounds and religion when they fell in love. Family, society,careers, were deciding their lives. I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end.It had just the right amounts of humor and romance and drama to make it more enjoyable.Ken Loach showed the subjects of religion, race, and cultural differences in a very sensitive way. The actors had wonderful chemistry, which made the story believable and likable.It was very well acted, and I highly recommended this movie.
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