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East is East
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Directed By
Damien O'Donnell

Written By:
Ayub Khan-Din

Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Archie Panjabi, Jimi Mistry, Raji James, Chris Bisson, Ian Aspinall, Jordan Routledge, Raji James

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East is East (1999)
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Movie Review by Megan
February 5th, 2007

torn about this film

I am so torn about this film. Part of me loves it and the politically part of me says I should pan it.

This story is set in the rough working class Indian community in the UK. The Muslim father is married to your average working class white woman and together they run the local chippy. Together they have a handful of kids who have no interest in being who their father wants them to be. The mother seems to suffer horrible in what looks like to be a loveless marriage. But at their very core I think they care about each other.

My one problem with this movie is they make Muslims look like backwards peasants who want to do nothing more than arrange marriages and beat their wives. When in reality I think looking at the father's motives is that he wants his children to rise above the poverty and lack of options that he finds himself in. But lack of communication and being so bloody stubborn makes him come across like a turban wearing Hitler.

The kids are pretty funny with their antics and struggling to balance both sides of their worlds. It does truely repersent the difficulty that these kids have finding their way in a world when they don;t really belong to either group.

Culturally it really comes across what life is like for them. The grittness and dirt is almost there for you to feel first hand.

A great introduction into Anglo Indian film. And this one runs regularly on Canadian television so keep an eye open for it.

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Feb 5, 2007 3:20 PM
Personally I love this film, but again I grew up in the Manchester area so it rings true with me. I diagree with you in regards to depicting Muslims as backwards peasants, what you are seeing is a standard working class family in 70's Manchester with the exception to the cultural aspect of it, it is not much different from how my dad grew up.
Feb 5, 2007 4:42 PM
You are right it could be the Manchester (or B'ham or any other working class city) connection. I have a pretty sweet view of the UK living in central London in a rather tony neighbourhood half the year. The Muslims I meet are rather well educated and quite monied. Those in Southhall or Tooting are little more rough, but nothing like those that I saw in the film.

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