Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)

A post 9/11 cross-cultural romance is the focus of Ken Loach’s award-winning feature, set in Glasgow.

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  • Just a Kiss Alternative
  • Un Bacio Appassionato Alternative


“Eva Birthistle rips through the story's politics to reveal Roisin's naked emotions and inner strength, delivering one of the most memorable performances in a British movie this year.”
Alan Morrison,

A rare Ken Loach foray into romance, Ae Fond Kiss follows the courtship of Casim, a second generation Pakistani DJ, and Roisin, a white teacher at a Glasgow Roman Catholic school. When their relationship is discovered the culture clash becomes immediately apparent, as Casim’s family voice their anger at their son dating a ‘goree’ (white girl) and Roisin faces the disapproval of her priest.

Despite a career that continually returns to heated political polemic, Loach has seldom before explored race as a theme. Paul Laverty was inspired to write the screenplay when a friend described the Glaswegian Muslim community’s fears of attack following anti-Islam sentiment in the aftermath of 9/11. Here he uses a Romeo and Juliet narrative to explore the causes and consequences of racism.

Tensions in a Pakistani family living in 1970s Britain also feature in Damien O’Donnell’s box office hit East Is East (1999).

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