Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

MY SON THE FANATIC

 

Year: 1997
Country: England
Run Time: 86 minutes

They say insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids. But for Parvez, a happily assimilated Pakistani immigrant in Britain, there's no way he can subscribe to the growing Islamic zeal of his adult son Farid. To support the family, Parvez has dutifully driven a taxi for 25 years, mostly shuttling foreign executives and conventioneers through a northern England industrial town. And where there is business, there flourishes the Oldest Profession; very visible local prostitutes and their visiting johns are the non-judgmental Parvez's regular customers, and he is genuinely fond of the tart who calls herslef Bettina. Meanwhile Farid, though raised in a British culture, starts rejecting girls, the capitalist West, and its attendant corruption altogether, and berates his father for "swallowing white and Jewish propaganda." Soon Parvez (and his money) unwillingly hosts a Muslim holy man, chanting acolytes under his roof, putting the non-religious father and the pious son severely at odds. Anyone concerned with the meaning of 'family values' should make a pilgrimage to Udayan Prasad's caustically enlightened feature.

Screenplay
Hanif Kureishi (based on his short story)

Director
Udayan Prasad

Producer
Chris Curling

Cinematography
Alan Almond

Editing
David Gamble

Principal Cast
Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Akbar Krtha, Stellan Skarsgaard, Harish Patel, Gopi Desai

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