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Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)

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Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.

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Atta Yaqub ...
Casim Khan
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Roisin Hanlon
Ahmad Riaz ...
Tariq Khan
Shamshad Akhtar ...
Sadia Khan
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ...
Tahara Khan (as Shabana Bakhsh)
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Rukhsana Khan
David McKay ...
Raymond Mearns ...
Big Roddie
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Danny
Emma Friel ...
Annie
Karen Fraser ...
Elsie
John Yule ...
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Mary Nolan
David Wallace ...
Father David (as Father David Wallace)
Dougie Wallace ...
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In Glasgow, Scotland, the Pakistani parents of Casim Khan have decided that he is going to marry his cousin Jasmine. Unfortunately, Casim has just fallen in love with his younger sister's music teacher Roisin. Not only is she 'goree', a white woman, she is also Irish and catholic, things that may not go down well with Casim's parents. They start a relationship but Casim is torn between following his heart and being a good son. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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25 August 2004 (Belgium)  »

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Just a Kiss  »

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Contrary to what he states, the sweet dish Casim serves Roisin is 'Ras Gulla', not 'Gulab Jabun'. See more »

Quotes

Casim Khan: There won't be any dress codes.
Roisin Hanlon: No dress codes?
Casim Khan: Cause there's no expectation, there's never expectation. Anyone's allowed.
Roisin Hanlon: So, transvestites to anoraks.
Casim Khan: Burkas to G-strings.
Roisin Hanlon: Where even shy girls can make the first move?
Casim Khan: And nervous little boys won't run away.
[They kiss]
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Masterpiece of social realism
11 May 2004 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw Loach's new work at the Berlin festival and was stunned. Usually, I'm not very much into his films as he gets a little to preachy for me at times. Still, I respect him for taking up subject matters other directors avoid nowadays - most of all British working class stories. "Ae fond kiss" to me is his masterpiece. It's the first film I've seen that really brings across all the complexities of intercultural relationships. It resists the temptation to judge or mock the conservative islamic family while making clear that its sympathies are with the bicultural couple. It doesn't give any easy answers but shows that sometimes you can only choose between bad and worse - but choose you must if you still want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror. A friend of mine is Afghan, and the film reminded me a lot of the problems she is going through, balancing between family tradition and Western culture. So if you're interested in a deep, aching but also hopeful look into the intercultural reality of our European societies, go and see "Ae fond kiss". Its Berlin awards are well deserved.


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