Ae Fond Kiss...


Ken Loach's latest Glasgow-set melodrama - after My Name Is Joe and Sweet Sixteen - might struggle sometimes with Paul Laverty's issue-heavy script, but it does bring real heart and heat to its central transracial romance. Atta Yaqub is the Glaswegian-Pakistani Romeo, DJ Casim, to Eva Birthistle's Irish-Catholic Juliet, music teacher Roisin. As the star-crossed lovers make sweet and sexy music together, the ties of work, family and religion prove troublesome. Beyond the odd speechifying lapse, it makes for tender-tough and truthful drama.

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