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A Fond Kiss

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'Casim is a second generation Pakistani from Glasgow. Working as a DJ in Glasgow's coolest venues, Casim dreams of buying his own club. A teacher at his sister Tahara's school, Roisin is different from any girl he's ever met. She's gorgeous, intelligen

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  • Actors: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079HZPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Meredith VINE VOICE on March 22, 2005
Format: DVD
A Fond Kiss makes for an interesting story of cross-cultural romance, with an unblinking look at the clash between old world traditions and modern relationships. Set in Glascow, Casim (Atta Yaqub) is a young Pakistani DJ aspiring to become the owner of his own club. He lives at home with his parents and two sisters. The Ruksana (Ghizala Avan) the older sister is almost defiantly traditional in her Muslim views, while content to live in Glasgow; while his younger sister Tahara (Shabana Bakhsh) is more independent, preferring to characterize herself as a Glaswegian who also happens to be Muslim.

Ignoring his arranged engagement to a cousin back in Pakistan, Casim finds himself attracted to Roisin (Eva Birthistle), a music teacher at a Catholic school. As their relationship grows, it's threatened by the collision of Muslim and Catholic bigotry. There is further tension between Tahara and her parents regarding her goal of becoming a journalist, versus her parents desire for her to become a doctor.

From this premise, the filmmakers could have followed the lighter path of Bend It Like Beckham, instead they follow the more complicated (and probably more realistic) journey that takes Casim and Roisin through a number of conflicts between themselves, his family, the Muslim community and the Catholic Church. The film succeeds by not providing simple answers to complicated questions, and I suspect that some people may not necessarily be thrilled with the movie's resolution.

The acting is marvelous throughout, with every cast member offering a performance that avoids stereotype and caricature. The story doesn't always progress smoothly, however the pacing is fine. A Fond Kiss makes for a very thoughtful and enjoyable movie
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
Format: DVD
Versions of tragic love alliances have been dramatized many times in fiction and cinema. Bi-cultural, interracial couples of different religions confront difficulties which usually tear them and their families apart. Director Ken Loach brings freshness, fairness and poignancy to his film "A Fond Kiss," (from a poem by Robert Burns), that left me thinking, days later, about the dilemmas it presents. Considerable credit must be given here to the extraordinary cast. Atta Yaqub is Casim Khan, a second generation Pakistani living in Glasgow. His counterpart and sweetheart, Roisin Murphy, is a young Irish Catholic woman, both strong and sensitive in nature, played by Eva Birthistle. The two truly light up the screen and make their characters palpably real with their outstanding performances. The supporting cast also does a superb job. Their roles as Casim's family and friends are important ones. In most dramas of this sort, the main focus is on the star-crossed lovers. Here one gets an opportunity to meet Casim's family also, to empathize with them, and appreciate the gravity of their problem.

The Khan family has lived in Glasgow for over 40 years. While the parents are integral members of their Pakistani community and devout Muslims, their three children, brought up in the west, have totally different life experiences. The eldest daughter Rukhsana, (Ghizala Avan), combines traditional lifestyle with a modern education. She is happily engaged to an attractive Pakistani man, also well educated, whom she met through family arrangements. The couple suit each other well. One gets the feeling they would have been drawn together if they had met on their own.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2005
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Ken Loach's A Fond Kiss raises some serious cross cultural issues, and the movie does it in a way that, in traditional Ken Loach style, is totally naturalistic. Set in Glasgow, this engaging and finely observed drama is about what happens when lovers from different cultures dare to flout traditional taboos and decide to become a couple. At the end of the film, most viewers will probably be left with the feeling that their battle has just begun - the religious and cultural mores in this part of the world are often an uneasy mix of tolerance and isolationism, so from the outset, this intercultural couple will well and truly have their work cut out for them.

The movie begins when Casim Khan (Atta Yaqub), a second-generation Pakistani immigrant living with his devoutly Muslim family in Glasgow, meets Roisin Murphy (Eva Birthistle), a spirited blond music teacher who works in the local Catholic school. When Casim tries to protect his younger sister, Tahara (Shabana Bakhsh), from schoolyard taunts, he accidentally bursts in on Roisin while she is giving a lesson. He is immediately attracted to her, she reciprocates the affection, and it's not long before they are sleeping together and holidaying romantically in Spain.

Casim is a lean, fiery, and sexy young man, who works in his parents' corner grocery store and moonlights as a club D.J. He is currently scheming with his best friend, Hammid (Shy Ramsan), to raise the money to open his own nightclub, and he is constantly trying to line up investors in London. Roisin is a free-spirited and independent Irish Catholic girl, a refugee from a short failed marriage that has yet to be officially dissolved. Both are resolute, unyielding, and determined individuals who don't like being pushed around by authority, and by each other.
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