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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 ...
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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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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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Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

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Chit Kanda
Written and performed by H.S.Talwar
Used with the kind permission of Kamlee Records Ltd.
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Quite wonderful
16 March 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Ae Fond Kiss is Ken Loach's latest movie. It's a movie with that classic basic premise: a woman and a man from different cultures fall in love. Will their love survive what other people think and do? It's a premise we've seen a million times before. But that doesn't make Ae Fond Kiss a bad movie. No, quite the opposite: I think it's wonderful.

First of all, I think the script is amazing. While Casim's family probably is the biggest obstacle for the young couple to overcome, this is by no means a movie which portrays only the Moslems as the bad guys. Roisin's Catholic society isn't much better. This is one of the reasons why the movie is so engaging.

Another reason why I really liked this film is the fantastic performances by all the actors. Eva Birthistle is certainly the standout, but it would be unfair to name any other actor before the others. In short, it's a great cast.

Ae Fond Kiss is a well-played, sweet and very engaging movie. I liked it a lot. It's even a bit better than Loach's Sweet Sixteen. (8/10)


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