Ali & Ava
Sparks fly in this multi-cultural romance when Pakistani DJ and landlord Ali, who is reeling from the breakdown of his marriage, meets Irish widow, Ava, who teaches the child of one of his tenants. Their tastes in music may be different, but the deep connection they form dances to its own tune and is wonderful to watch. Featuring a pair of remarkably authentic and naturalistic performances, Clio Barnard’s keenly observed blend of social realism and romantic drama explores issues of race, class and mental health with heart and humour.
What the critics say….
“Love blooms for two immensely likeable lonely hearts…documentary-style romantic drama centers on a couple with little in common save their solitude. What’s most satisfying about the movie is getting to know Ali and Ava separately. They’re endowed with warmth, depth and believability by (Adeel) Akhtar and (Claire) Rushbrook, veteran supporting actors who are rarely cast in leading roles.” - Mark Jenkins Washington Post
“In a love story without pretence or a rose-colored glow, two middle-aged people — a wannabe DJ and a teacher’s assistant — find each other in the way real people do. Ali & Ava is a gentle, emotionally-charged drama that doesn’t placate the viewer with unrealistic ideas about love” - Emily Zemler Observer
“This understated indie film…delivers pops of color (and memorable melodies) bursting through a Northern England’s town’s foggy daylight and moonlit nights,…..cinematographer Ole Bratt Birkeland manages to imbue the film with an undeniable warmth” - Beandrea July New York Times
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