A Fond Kiss
A Fond Kiss (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 14, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.

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Dennis Lim
Village Voice

Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The film tells its tale so convincingly and stirringly, the familiarity becomes unimportant.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

An example of cinema verite at its very best.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Loach delivers another of his beautifully observed portraits of working-class people in social and political turmoil.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A modern Romeo and Juliet story directed by Ken Loach. It may be a little soapy sometimes but it is always honest, told with simplicity and raising some solid… More
Daisy Maduro
Ae fond kiss was more than a love story, it really spoke the difficulties from those of different backgrounds and religion when they fell in love. Family,… More
Cynthia S.
They speak English in Scotland, but you need subtitles to understand them. I really enjoyed this movie. It explores many aspects of cross-cultural relationships… More
Juli Ryan
This is a modern Romeo and Juliet movie, set in Glascow. The star-crossed lovers are a Muslim and a lapsed Catholic. A good little film with insightful social… More
Mark Abell
Religious and cultural intolerance provide the conflict in this film about two people who meet and fall in love despite their differences. She is an Irish… More
Leo L
Here is an extraordinary movie with an intriguing story plot. This movie follows the life and love of Roisin and Casim. When you love, you cannot help who you… More

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