The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2090  Monday, 13 December 2004

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 12 Dec 2004 09:37:30 -0500
Subject:        R and J Spinoff

A Fond Kiss
2004 - Germany/Italy/Spain/UK - Romantic Drama
Critic's Pick: Reviewed by Stephen Holden

Type: Features
Release Date: November 26, 2004 Rating: NR
Running Time: 104 minutes Starring: Eva Birthistle, Atta Yaqub, Shabana
Bakhsh, Shamshad Akhtar, Ahmad Riaz
Directed by: Ken Loach

It is small consolation that Ken Loach's "Fond Kiss," a gripping
Romeo-and-Juliet story of lovers from different cultures who dare to
flout traditional taboos and plan to marry, doesn't end in their deaths.
Whether or not Casim Khan (Atta Yaqub), a second-generation Pakistani
immigrant living in Glasgow with his devoutly Muslim family, and Roison
Hanlon (Eva Birththistle), a spirited Scottish teacher in a Catholic
school remain together, the movie leaves you with nagging worries about
the future of any intercultural relationship once the passion cools.
English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in
favor of modernity, with the high-principled, hidebound Asians, headed
by a fulminating patriarch ultimately to be pitied for their rigidity
and adherence to traditional ways. But "A Fond Kiss" is equally
sympathetic to both sides. - Stephen Holden, The New York Time

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