Ae Fond Kiss . . . | Chicago Reader

Ae Fond Kiss . . .

A second-generation Pakistani (Atta Yaqub) in working-class Glasgow falls for a white woman (Eva Birthistle) who teaches music at his sister's Catholic school, and the two young lovers find themselves isolated as both his family and her employers condemn the relationship. This Romeo and Juliet story (2004) plays out in fairly predictable fashion, but the great social realist director Ken Loach (Land and Freedom) puts it across with an uncharacteristic focus on the lovers' sexual delight. Birthistle delivers a passionate performance as the young teacher, who finds that her parish priest and her boyfriend's Muslim father share the same ugly paternalism. The screenplay is by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty (Sweet Sixteen, Bread and Roses). 104 min.

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