A film about a relationship between a Pakistani Muslim
Glaswegian (DJ) and an Irish Catholic Glaswegian (Music Teacher). Written by
some Scottish guy and directed by Ken Loach, released in 2004. How quickly can you roll your
You can see it all in your mind’s eye without watching it.
Blue eyes look into brown. Sex on the living room floor. Curry and chips.
Uh-oh, pigeon-holes and labels bar the way. Family and friends become Muslim
Montagues and Christian Capulets. Love or the right thing? Or maybe love is the
right thing? It transcends cultural differences which are just words right? But
what about Qasim’s cousin from Pakistan who’s been expecting to marry him since
she was 6 and is, come to think, not unfoxy? And what about his wacko family
who are polishing the castrating knives? And is the Catholic School happy about
one of their role-models shacking up with any Tom, Dick or Abdul?
- Look, my
Dad doesn’t want to meet you.
Dad’s a fundamentalist.
- Is he? Have you ever
been called a Paki, Roisin? Have you ever been spat at in the street? Have you
ever had kids throw rocks at you? Have you ever been stabbed on the way home
from work, because of the colour of your skin?
Yes, a lot of it’s hackneyed and contrived. Yes, I could
have been spared the scene of the lovebirds quoting their holy books to each
other on a weekend getaway to Ibiza. Yes, it’s self-conscious faux-anthropology and
cod-sociology. But ultimately there is something worthwhile behind the dross.
It’s at times, provoking. The lead performances are creditable, Atta Yaqub plays
the tortured and vacillating Qasim Khan; Eva Birthistle won a slew of awards
for her distractingly beautiful, can’t-we-all-get-along Roisin Hanlon.
I expected to hate it and didn’t. That’s a thumb
most-of-the-way up. You can discover your own reaction to the film after
purchasing it from your friendly local supplier or committing brazen acts of