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Yasmin (2004)

A young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre.

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Kenneth Glenaan

Writer:

Simon Beaufoy
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Director: Sam Miller
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Griffiths, James Thornton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Archie Panjabi ... Yasmin Husseini
Renu Setna ... Khalid
Steve Jackson Steve Jackson ... John
Syed Ahmed Syed Ahmed ... Nasir
Shahid Ahmed Shahid Ahmed ... Faysal Husseini
Badi Uzzaman Badi Uzzaman ... Hassan
Amar Hussain Amar Hussain ... Kamal
Joanna Booth Joanna Booth ... Cheryl
Emma Ashton Emma Ashton ... Sam
Rae Kelly Hill Rae Kelly Hill ... Wendy (as Rae Kelly)
Tammy Barker Tammy Barker ... Anna
Suraj Dass Suraj Dass ... Kashiff
Miriam Ali Miriam Ali ... Amina
Mary Wray ... Mary
Joyce Kennedy Joyce Kennedy ... Bobby
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Storyline

In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother, and behaves as a traditional Muslin woman. Further, she has a unconsummated marriage with the illegal immigrant Faysal to facilitate the British stamp in his passport, after which she will divorce him. In her job, she changes her clothes and dresses like a Westerner, is considered a standard employee, and has a good friend, a Caucasian, who likes her. After September 11, the prejudice in her job and the treatment of common people make her take sides and change her life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

26 May 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Yasmin - Uma Mulher, Duas Vidas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In the scene where Yasmin chases off a group of boys who are throwing milk at a Muslim woman, an old lady comes up and apologizes for their behavior. This moment was completely unscripted - the crew were filming on a real street and the old lady was just a passer-by who hadn't noticed the cameras. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Yasmin is putting on her jeans, her belt is done up in the long shot, but is undone when the view immediately changes to a medium shot. See more »

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Whatever your interest in the subject, this is a very watchable film
1 February 2005 | by BJBatimdbSee all my reviews

I caught this movie on TV and didn't think it would necessarily appeal to me, but from the very first I was caught up in it and had to watch right to the end. I thought the acting performances were very honest, while the script was true-to-life. I felt as if I was entering Yasmin's world every time she went home.

I particularly liked the friendship she had with John, which played out realistically.

At no point were the events clichéd, and the drama-documentary feel of the film was very effective. There were lots of well-observed details which lent to the authenticity of the film, and nice juxtapositions of the Muslim community living in a northern English town.

I found it compelling and moving.


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