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Ae Fond Kiss

United Kingdom 2005
Directed by
Ken Loach
104 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars

Ae Fond Kiss

For anyone who hankers for some measure of real life in their cinema without having to suffer the excesses of cinema verite, Ken Loach is a godsend. From long experience he has developed a seemingly effortless ability to unify a commitment to naturalistic story-telling with the artifices of narrative cinema. His choice of subject matter and settings, his thoughtfully-developed scripts and his use of non-professional actors yield a rewarding outcome, teasing out the drama in the everyday, transforming the mundane without ever over-embellishing it. BH

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