Comedy / Drama / Romance
Comedy / Drama / Romance
After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.
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June 09, 2018 at 12:17 AM
Terrific Australian Comedy
If there were more movies like this, it would break down fears about Muslims in our communities. Yes, many of their traditions and customs are different to the average white Australian's, and this movie doesn't hold back from poking gentle fun at some of those customs. But it also shows that families generally tend to be a complex mix of being supportive, infuriating, close-knit, meddlesome and loving all at the same time. And most people can relate to that.
This is a really sweet movie, funny a lot of the time, sad occasionally, and quite unexpectedly good. Definitely worth going to see.
Australia's Best Film of 2017!
Ali's Wedding is a film of many gifts. It's funny, heartfelt, and not quite what you'd expect from Aussie cinema. It's an Islamic focused film that is an honest look at the pocket of communities in Melbourne. And on top of that, this is all a true story, focusing on Osama Sami's struggle at Melbourne University going through an identity crisis.
For such a specific cultural play-set of story, Ali's Wedding shows the good and welcoming side of the Islamic religion while mocking aspects of family life, Muslim or not. Family's a tricky thing to portray in these comedies without being overtly stereotypical or offensive given a somewhat alien culture within Western society. There's grounded Islam and funny Islam in this; it's an open-minded film that utilizes its heritage to explore terrain unseen in Aussie cinema. It's a cultural milestone and could prove to be an international cult classic in the 21st Century.
I highly recommend this film. Even if you're an Aussie who's not into Aussie-cinema, give this one a shot because it is a film with international appeal and entertainment. 9/10.
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Should be required viewing for all Australians...
...apart from the fact it was brilliantly entertaining (if I wasn't laughing I was crying), it's an extremely timely film that can't help but start a different social conversation / a much needed fresh dialogue - thank you to all those who must of worked so hard to get it to the screen.
This will be an Aussie classic - get in and be one of the first to see it!