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Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)
Nice story but...*groan*
I struggled through this movie last night. Basically it has terrible acting, editing, dialogue, sex scenes. The story is well old at this point. The plight of Pakistani family in Britain, culture clash with the British and the second generation Pakistani kids and their parents yearning for the values of the homeland. The relationship was not well developed either, it left the viewer questioning if it was SO strong he was willing to lose his family for her. A badly scripted contrived fight scene where she wants him to stay with her in the flat after her job problems, rather than go to a business meeting to help fulfill his dream, unlikely, or was that to develop the sense of the greedy selfish western white woman?
Some of the acting was atrocious, on the whole a very amateurish effort. A long winded drawn out attempt at re-hashing an old story.
I wonder how many other movies didn't get made so this story could be re-told?
Country of My Skull (2004)
I saw this movie yesterday at the Berlin film festival, It is very good, the production is a bit rough around the edges, smacks of a low budget movie, however the acting is superb, Samuel L. as good as ever and Binoche, plus the rest of the cast of less well known actors.
The story is heart wrenching, bring a tissue. The aerial views of South Africa are breath-taking.
I thoroughly recommend this movie, its very political, I think its very important that we never forget what happened there and the attrocities Man is capable of afflicting on Man!