Ali's Wedding (2017)
Critic Consensus: Ali's Wedding uses its very specific setting to explore universal ideas about relationships -- and in delightfully smart, funny fashion.
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as Moe Green
as Ramona Albasri
as Haj Karim
as Abu Faisal
as Sayyed Ghaffar
as Magistrate Cummings
as Entezami Officer
as Marcos Diaz
Critic Reviews for Ali's Wedding
Much of the film's success is down to [Osamah] Sami's winning performance. He's completely charming as a more nerdy version of himself and he gets good comic support.
Ali's Wedding neatly strips away the solemnity enveloping that lead balloon of a word "multiculturalism." There's a joyously comic lack of inhibition here and, even better, we're told it's largely a true story.
This is a film in which you will hear a letter read aloud, with a voice-over saying the words "you dared to dream", delivered without irony. It is, as they say, what it is.
I don't know why the release of this lovely film has been delayed so long (I saw it in Adelaide in October last year) but it's worth the wait.
Walker's debut mines rapid-fire laughs and bountiful heart from a story of romantic misadventure set in train by a young man desperate to live up to his father's expectations.
Audience Reviews for Ali's Wedding
'Ali's Wedding' is the most unique and heartfelt Australian film, I've seen all year. A domestic centered story about an Australian Muslim living such a comfortable urban lifestyle he himself is even thinking about revoking what his family or even his own customs may actually expect of him to a point the film's plotting takes so many drastic twists and turns you can't help but admire this film for what it really is, 'a personal life story'. This also touches upon how the Urban Australian Muslims should be presented, when their lives are no different to us local folk, but their traditions and cultural customs are fascinating. The real heart of the story however is Osamah Sami's main character whose such a relatable underdog he's created something great alongside director Jeffery Walker, an incredible Australian story, with enough wit and humour to combat it's cultural subject matter accustomed to the majority of the characters and premise. All in all, we have a charming heartfelt and hilarious film that's more than likely to be one of the most talked about local films of the year, highly recommended for all to see.
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