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Ali & Ava

Clio Barnard
Großbritannien 2021
95min
OmdU
V'21

Ali, der eine, trennt sich gerade von seiner Frau. Ava, die andere, hatte zwar Pech mit Männern, wäre einem neuen Versuch aber nicht abgeneigt. Dann treffen Ali und Ava aufeinander und es kommt, wie’s kommt. Doch auch wieder ganz anders, denn die sozialen Milieus – Alis bengalisch-muslimische Sippe, Avas proletarisch-prekäre Großfamilie – reden ein Wörtchen mit, und obendrauf gespenstert die Vergangenheit. Wieder einmal ist Barnard mit ihrer Kamera in Bradford, West Yorkshire, unterwegs und hebt aus diesem angeblich „abgehängten Ort“ eine Geschichte für die weite Welt. Romanhafter Sozialrealismus zeugt romantische Wahrheit, sogar der Mond spielt mit. (Alexandra Seitz)

The director of THE ARBOR makes her most accessible and straightforward film to date in this modern yet classic take on British “working class realism”. Influenced by the cinema of Ken Loach, the film tells a love story reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet between people of different races and social classes who have already entered their fifties but have not yet given up on love. Despite the conflicts that arise from their different backgrounds, ALI & AVA is a romantic, optimistic, deeply humanist film that might almost seem old-fashioned if it weren’t for certain formal choices and decisions the director makes. And while Loach’s cinema (and even Mike Leigh’s) can be compared to what Barnard proposes here, the director works in a lighter fashion, even when she has to deal with the potentially heavy moments and complicated family issues that appear along the way. And while there are side characters willing to prevent this romance from moving forward, the film never loses its “realistic fairy tale” spirit, an optimism that emanates from the protagonists themselves and their desire for to take new chances in their lives. (Diego Lerer)

Clio Barnard: LAMBETH MARSH (2000, K), FLOOD (2003, K), DARK GLASS (2006, K), THE ARBOR (2010), THE SELFISH GIANT (2013), DARK RIVER (2017)

Credits
  • Claire Rushbrook
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • Clio Barnard
  • Rashad Hall-Heinz
  • Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Maya Maffioli
  • Harry Escott
Moonspun Films, BBC

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