Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 August 2004 (Belgium)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Atta Yaqub ...
Casim Khan
Roisin Hanlon
Ahmad Riaz ...
Tariq Khan
Shamshad Akhtar ...
Sadia Khan
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ...
Tahara Khan (as Shabana Bakhsh)
Rukhsana Khan
David McKay ...
Raymond Mearns ...
Big Roddie
Shy Ramzan ...
Emma Friel ...
Karen Fraser ...
John Yule ...
Mary Nolan
David Wallace ...
Father David (as Father David Wallace)


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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Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

25 August 2004 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Just a Kiss  »

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The title refers to the Robert Burns poem, "Ae Fond Kiss". See more »


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 »


A Man's A Man For A' That
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Another tick in the box for Ken Loach
23 August 2004 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Edinburgh Film Festival last night. I'm not a natural fan of Loach's work, although grew a little warmer to it after Sweet Sixteen.

What he's made here though is a believable, warming love-story. Aside from 'location-spotting' the Glasgow geography, there was a feeling throughout the film that's difficult to pin down (or articulate!); just a kind of "yeah, that's right, these people and these feelings are real".

Lead-wise, a great line up, Atta Yaqub plays a quiet Casim, and Eva Birthistle a brilliant but natural Roisin - there's nothing that stops you believing that this is a couple in love.

As for the rest of them - some excellent characters and some good acting. One criticism is Loach's practice of using non-actors - sometimes this leads to an almost TOO natural delivery of the script. The strength of the whole cast comes through though, and there's certainly no feeling of any tokenism or stereotype characters.

One actor who doesn't appear to have had much notice in any write-ups I've seen is Shabana Bakhsh, who plays Tahara Khan, Casim's youngest sister. She's fantastic. Again, falls a little foul of sometimes sounding overly natural... but what a star though. She was very believable as the rebellious, starting to get politically active, younger sister.

All-in-all, a great film, worth seeing. I think it's out on general release sometime in the early autumn - well worth the ticket.

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