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      My Son the Fanatic

      R Released Oct 21, 1997 1 hr. 27 min. Romance List
      79% 28 Reviews Tomatometer 75% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Pakistani-born Parvez (Om Puri) has been a cab driver in the North of England for many years, struggling to provide a better life for his family. He could not be more thrilled that his son, Farid (Akbar Kurtha), looks poised to make a good marriage. But Farid unexpectedly calls the wedding off, suddenly under the influence of radical Islamic fundamentalists, and Parvez consoles himself by having an affair with an understanding prostitute, Bettina (Rachel Griffiths). Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Deals with lots of issues in a minority cultured environment in the north of England, but does it in a mildly humerous way, which although is probably better for entertainment purposes also serves to cloud the issues. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member well-acted snapshot of immigrant integration against a backdrop of revived cultural pride to the point of fanaticism in the subsequent generation. it raises many questions about society, identity and ultimately compassion. griffiths & puri turn in convincing performances, as did a non-so-familiar younger skarsgard. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member there is much bound in the gridlock of duty and desires... and this is a tale of listening to your heart and making hard decisions. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I remember seeing this film, but couldn't remember Rachel Griffiths being in it. Om Puri is such an incredibly talented actor. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review dave j Friday, March 4, 2011 (1997) My Son The Fanatic DRAMA Already East Indian descent of more than 25 years while driving a cab builds a rapport with prostitute( Rachael Griffith) and his rebellious son slowly becoming a fanatic! Does a good job on how East Indians are sometimes treated when residing in another country! Showed some interesting things about what is happening in England such as how the cabbies make a little extra money while coinciding with an English brothel! At times the film dawdles too long on certain scenes! 2.5 out of 4 2.5 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A multilayered view on immigration, religion and morality. The Pakistani father wants to move on with his life in the English society but the son seeks connection to his own culture and religion in a fanatical fashion. Really refreshing to see the situation this way for a change. Also some great pieces of dialogue. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      BBC.com Rated: 4/5 May 21, 2002 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 19, 2002 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Om Puri's performance is based on the substantial strength of his physical presence, and on his clear-sighted view of his world as an exile. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Peter Terzian Out Magazine Credit Kureishi's sharp screenplay and a first-rate cast: Puri, one of India's best-known actors and rising star Griffiths are remarkable as the unlikely couple. Their nuanced and nurturing relationship make My Son the Fanatic a human-size beauty. May 25, 2022 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com Puri and Griffiths work beautifully together. Rated: 3/4 Jan 3, 2009 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Pakistani-born Parvez (Om Puri) has been a cab driver in the North of England for many years, struggling to provide a better life for his family. He could not be more thrilled that his son, Farid (Akbar Kurtha), looks poised to make a good marriage. But Farid unexpectedly calls the wedding off, suddenly under the influence of radical Islamic fundamentalists, and Parvez consoles himself by having an affair with an understanding prostitute, Bettina (Rachel Griffiths).
      Director
      Udayan Prasad
      Executive Producer
      George Faber
      Screenwriter
      Hanif Kureishi
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 21, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 22, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $408.3K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby