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Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Atta Yaqub ...
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Ahmad Riaz ...
Tariq Khan
Shamshad Akhtar ...
Sadia Khan
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ...
Tahara Khan (as Shabana Bakhsh)
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David McKay ...
Wee Roddie
Raymond Mearns ...
Big Roddie
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Danny
Shy Ramzan ...
Hammid
Emma Friel ...
Annie
Karen Fraser ...
Elsie
John Yule ...
Headmaster
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Mary Nolan
David Wallace ...
Father David (as Father David Wallace)
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Storyline

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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€12,986 (Netherlands) (10 October 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Roisin Hanlon: I love your brother. Why can't you accept that?
Rukhsana Khan: For how long?
Roisin Hanlon: I don't know.
Rukhsana Khan: When will you know? When everybody's lives are fucked up?
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Connections

Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mali Twist
Written and performed by Boubacar Traoré
Used with the kind permission of Label Blue Music Publishing Ltd.
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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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