Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss)
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Fond Kiss..., Ae, (Just a Kiss)
Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty team up again for the romantic drama Ae Fond Kiss. The filmmaking team's third film set in Glasgow, this story involves a mixed-race relationship that causes problems for all involved. Casim Khan (Atta Yaqub) lives with his Punjabi-born Muslim family in Scotland. He wants to open a nightclub with pal Hammid (Shy Ramsan), but his parents have arranged for him to marry his cousin Jasmine (Sunna Mirza). Then he meets Irish schoolteacher Roisin Hanlon (Eva Birthistle), whom he quickly falls for. After calling off his family-approved engagement, Casim… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"A small movie, told in a familiar way, and it fails to draw the big picture it could. But it does provide one unusual, and very striking sketch of two lives in crisis, and one community in transition."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The filmmaker's scope expands to take in Casim's parents and two sisters, whose public shame and private despair at having the only son move in with a 'goree' -- a white girl -- is made palpably, wrenchingly real."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"With Loach's Romeo and Juliet in a post-9/11 world, his dramatic focus on an increasingly nomadic planet is both spare and blistering."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"For Loach, the liberal filmmaker who is considered in film circles to be the social conscience of films, this is one of his lesser films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I was offered a ring of movie matrimony, but it was less than a perfect fit"
‑ Jules Brenner,
"English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"The film tells its tale so convincingly and stirringly, the familiarity becomes unimportant."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A wonderful ensemble drama that gently draws you into its political concerns with richly personal dramas, showing the bruising ups and downs of love and family heartache."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Despite its flaws, it tackles the societal forces that try to enforce laws on the human heart with such unblinking honesty that it becomes haunting and thought-provoking."
‑ Brett Buckalew,
"Although Loach takes pains to present all sides of the issues he raises, he courageously faces up to the truth about people's lives, which is his abiding strength."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An example of cinema verite at its very best."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Loach delivers another of his beautifully observed portraits of working-class people in social and political turmoil."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Consummate recorders of the grit-and-grime struggle of the underclasses, Loach and collaborator Paul Laverty employ rapid-fire dialogue (rendered ear-poppingly undecipherable in Scots accents) in disheveled and very real family settings."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's an old-fashioned story told with fine, contemporary insight."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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