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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.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Atta Yaqub ... Casim Khan
Eva Birthistle ... Roisin Hanlon
Ahmad Riaz Ahmad Riaz ... Tariq Khan
Shamshad Akhtar Shamshad Akhtar ... Sadia Khan
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ... Tahara Khan (as Shabana Bakhsh)
Ghizala Avan ... Rukhsana Khan
David McKay David McKay ... Wee Roddie
Raymond Mearns Raymond Mearns ... Big Roddie
Gary Lewis ... Danny
Shy Ramzan Shy Ramzan ... Hammid
Emma Friel Emma Friel ... Annie
Karen Fraser Karen Fraser ... Elsie
John Yule John Yule ... Headmaster
Ruth McGhie ... Mary Nolan
David Wallace 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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Country:

UK | Italy | Germany | Spain | Belgium

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

25 August 2004 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€212,860 (Italy), 9 January 2005, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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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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Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman K265
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A measure of realness.
27 August 2004 | by SinnermanSee all my reviews

The Mother. I shall devote most of this post just talking about her.

Nondescript during her first few appearances, she fits the bill of a stereotypical Asian immigrant mom. And thats about it. But to assume just that will also mean that we have not seen enough Ken Loach movies. For it takes but one stolen moment of familial conflict for the woman to sense her troubled son's pain. And like balm over raw open wounds, she unleashes her outbursts of maternal affection. Its easy to understand why the son breaks down there and then. I would too. A mother's intuition is uncanny. To see it approximated so closely on screen, this movie demands my gratitude.

I love the other characters in this great film too - the father, the son's two very different sisters, his best friend and even the white "outsider" love interest. Each character is so well defined, their inter-relationship dynamics so genuine and heartfelt, they deserve my devoting paragraphs each respectively just to shower my compliments. But I shan't do that. I will only be repeating myself.

Hence, this much I shall say; there's something in a Ken Loach film which gets to me each and everytime - the characters. More specifically, I am floored by their measures of realness. They are individuals guided by distinct codes of conduct. Their values explain their actions and exposes their strengths and frailties. Ultimately, these "real" people earn my empathy. There are no saints or sinners in Ken Loach's film universe. Instead, I see human beings relating with each other simply, truly, sometimes madly, but always deeply.

Ae Fond Kiss is one of the best films of the year. Check it.


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