Ali & Ava (2022)

Clio Barnard directs Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook and Shaun Thomas in this British romance where a Muslim landlord in a loveless marriage and a single grandmother start a tentative relationship in Bradford.

Glimmers of hope but mainly miserable. It is easy to admire something this well acted, Akhtar and Rushbrook have fine chemistry. Barnard has a palpable sense of environment as always. Close mist, distant fireworks and scrubland. I just don’t think anyone in the world is looking for a movie that is 80% grim right now.


Perfect Double Bill: Ae Fond Kiss… (2004)

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