Ali & Ava

Date Shown

5th Oct 2022

Ali and Ava (2021), Clio Barnard’s love letter to the city of Bradford, and its radical cinematic history. She is quoted as saying, ‘I really wanted to make something that celebrated Bradford, and showed you how beautiful it is.’ Like the 1950s/60s Room at the Top and Billy Liar, to her own The Arbor (2010) and The Selfish Giant (2013) (previously shown at Cinematheque), Clio Barnard channels social realism in her film-making. Ali and Ava’s unlikely, tentative middle-aged romance between British-Asian landlord and British teaching assistant quickly blossoms through their shared love of music. Her film is an intelligent and subtle depiction of 21st century Britain, addressing race and class issues, also mental health, and is acknowledged as a conscious response to post-Brexit divisions. It is a warm and thoughtful celebration of cross-cultural love between everyday characters who could easily be neighbours or friends.

Audience Reactions

 

A: 14,  B: 19,  C: 05,  D: 0,  E: 0.

A: Great film – superb acting (A)   A wonderful film, brilliantly acted & directed about family dynamics, human relationships. GRITTY (A)
Outstanding (A)     Great film! (A)      A lovely, moving film (A)    Superb in every way (A)       Signs of The Selfish Giant – a happy ending at Cinematheque! (A)
Very good. Just as gritty as Mike Leigh but more life-affirming. Real art! (A)           Outstanding!  (A)
Loved Ali…..tender relationship, great music, terrifying racism in a very diverse community (A)               

B:  This sort of film is off most people’s radar. It’s just why I like Cinematheque (B)      Fab soundtrack! (B)
Not filmed in Sherborne! (B)    Some good photography (B)    Really enjoyed it, Thank you (B)
Compelling story; lovely evening of cinema. (B)    Tender, very good portrayal of family (B)
Lovely. Kept thinking some tragedy was about to occur. So glad it didn’t. (B)                                                                         

C:  Interesting, good music (C)   As a representation of working class Northern life I wasn’t convinced! (C)  Most interesting. Enjoyable (C)

IMDB details

Ali & Ava | March 4, 2022 (United Kingdom) 6.7

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Cast

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Ali
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Venice
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Callum
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Baby Grace
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Baby Grace
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Baby Grace
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Baby Grace
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Runa
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Jameela
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Couple on Bus
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Couple on Bus
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Barnabás
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Sofia
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Kristina
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Nina
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Barnabás Jr
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Teacher Ms.

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Countries: United KingdomLanguages: English

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