Ali & Ava

Clio Barnard
Sat 28 May - Wed 1 Jun
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28
May
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1
Jun

"An unexpectedly warm, tender, funny and typically compelling romance from British writer-director Clio Barnard, drawing inspiration from real-life characters whom Barnard met while filming her previous features The Arbor and The Selfish Giant." - **** The Guardian

British South Asian Ali is devoted to his large extended family but, unlike his relatives, is not particularly religious himself. If he has a place of worship, it’s his man cave, where he’s surrounded by thousands of vinyl rap and electronic dance records. He and his wife have grown apart to the extent that she now wants to move out and officially separate. Ali is afraid to tell his more traditional family and focusses on his work as landlord.

Ava is the daughter of Irish Republicans who fiercely mistrusted all Brits. She married young and had several kids by a couple of different men. Now she works as a teacher and lives together with the far-right English nationalist son she had with her late last husband, who psychologically abused her.

When Ali and Ava meet in an elevator, they immediately feel a connection over their mutual love for music, although their tastes seem to be on both ends of the spectrum. While they start exploring each other's favourites, they help each other to surmount painful previous relationships, different tastes and circumstances, and familial resistance. 

Direction
Clio Barnard
Cast
Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook
Duration
95 min
RELEASE
Thu 12 May
Year
2021
Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Subtitles
Dutch
  • Watch out with children under 12
  • Discrimination
  • Coarse Language