Discussion Questions for “Ae Fond Kiss” (Ken Loach & Paul Laverty, 2004)
Discussion Questions for Ken Loach’s “Ae Fond Kiss” (2004)
- In one of the early scenes of the film, Casim’s younger sister Tahara calls herself “a Glaswegian Muslim woman of Pakistani descent who supports Glasgow Rangers in a Catholic school”. What is the significance of such a description?
- What do you think about the way Catholicism and Islam are represented in the film? Do you think that one is favored over the other? Why? Why not?
- Do you think that the depiction of the Khan family is stereotypical? Why? Why not?
- Examine the status of men and women in the Khan family.
- Discuss what Tahara and Rukhsana stand for in the story.
- What might be the reason for Tariq Khan’s insistence on arranging a marriage for his son?
- In one of the scenes depicting Roisin teaching her class, Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is heard in the background. Discuss how this could be thematically linked to the film.
- Explore the theme of “dual existence” with respect to the character Casim.
- What conflicts are examined and what reasons are provided for these conflicts in the film? To what extent are these conflicts resolved in the film?
- Ken Loach is a social realist filmmaker. Find out what social realism means in cinema and discuss to what extent “Ae Fond Kiss” is in line with social realism.
- What is the significance of the title of the film?
- Comment on the ending of the film.
- In light of the film, examine how an individual’s identity is constructed.
- To what extent does the film manage to challenge stereotypes in general?
© Ali Nihat Eken, Istanbul, September 2008
Suggested films: “East is East”, “Brick Lane”, “My Son the Fanatic”