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Love + Hate (2005)

| Drama | 5 May 2006 (UK)
Adam has grown up in a racial prejudiced community. Naseema belongs to a generation of Asian youth who have taken up violence. They want to break free of the small town inhibitions and ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Mohammed Rafique ...
Naseema's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miriam Ali ...
Naseema's Mother
Samina Awan ...
Liam Barr ...
Sean's Mate
Shane (as Michael McNulty)
Wasim Zakir ...
Yousif (as Was Zakir)


Adam has grown up in a racial prejudiced community. Naseema belongs to a generation of Asian youth who have taken up violence. They want to break free of the small town inhibitions and can't avoid their mutual attraction, starting a relationship which threatens to bring down their families and themselves. Written by Anonymous

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"Heartfelt and emotionally involving..."
7 August 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

English screenwriter and television and film director Dominic Savage's feature film debut which he wrote, premiered in the Panorama section at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, was shot on location in England and is a UK-Ireland co-production which was produced by producer Neris Thomas. It tells the story about a 17-year-old Muslim immigrant named Naseema who lives in England with her parents and her older brother named Yuosif. When Naseema begins working at a wallpaper store she is introduced to an English boy named Adam who also works there, and almost instantly a connection arises between Naseema and Adam. As they become more acquainted they wish to see each other in private, and due to Adam's group of friends mostly being racist and Naseema's family are expecting her to marry a man who are of the same nationality and religion as they are, Naseema and Adam starts meeting in secret.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by English filmmaker Dominic Savage, this fast-paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the two main characters' point of view, draws an invariably moving portrayal of an evolving and heartily romance between a boy and a girl who happens to not have the same color on their skin. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by English cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, production design by production designer Phil Rawsthorne, costume design by costume designer Justine Luxton and use of sound, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about love being disgraced by hatred where a girl is torn between her family and her boyfriend, and a boy between his friends and his girlfriend, depicts two merging and heartrending studies of character and contains a great and timely score by English composer Rupert-Gregson Williams.

This eloquently romantic, sociological and tangible coming-of-age drama from the mid-2000s which is set in a city in England during the early 21st century and where an immigrant who has begun a relationship with an English girl named Michelle begins condemning his sister after learning that she has done the same thing and an intolerant conflict breaks out in the streets, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, efficient continuity, use of music, unsentimental and authentic depiction of its central theme, graceful scenes between Naseema and Adam, memorable acting performances by English actress Samina Awan and English actor Tom Hudson in their debut feature film roles and the fine acting performances by English actress Nichola Burley and actor Wasim Zakir in their debut feature film roles. A heartfelt and emotionally involving love-story.

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