Casim, a Punjabi-born Muslim living in Scotland, dreams of opening up his own nightclub with his friend Hammid. As is custom in his culture, his parents have set up an arranged marriage with his cousin Jasmine. When Casim meets Roisin, an Irish schoolteacher, he quickly falls in love with her, creating a complicated situation for all parties involved. "Just A Kiss' maintains Loach's naturalistic cinema verite type style while telling a simple, yet elegant story which touches on religious and cultural intolerance. The film really does a great job of showing both sides of the story, never demonizing Casim's parents or anyone involved in this complex situation. Casim is a man that is stuck between tradition and emotion. He knows that calling off his parent's arranged marriage brings great shame to his family, who he respects and loves, but his heart is with Roisin. This is a film that is not nearly as powerful or as emotionally exhausting as something like Loach's superb 'Family Life, but it's sweet, sincere and touching, while still carrying a rather lofty commentary on tradition, religion, and racial issues.
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