Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan talks of the glittering future he has ahead of him. But then 9/11 changes everything. Attitudes shift dramatically, and his very name and face render him suspect.
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Post-9/11 xenophobia towards Arabic civilians is effectively illustrated in this nuanced adaptation. Riz Ahmed deserves more starring roles in contemporary cinema. Nair's direction is competent if not authorial (unlike her sterling breakthrough film, Monsoon Wedding) in coalescing strands and ambiguities of the narrative but there is much to commend here.
I was no fan of the book. The book, however, was deliberately polarising and always very vague and ambiguous. It did have some haunting scenes, particularly the ending. All this is gone in the film. Nair plays it safe and is never even approaches the level of risk and daring needed to adapt the novel. The ending is particularly unsatisfying simply because it is so satisfying. Who's the real bad guy? Nobody...
Aspettative zero. Anzi meno: recensioni non buone, scarso successo di un film nato per parlare agli USA delle contraddizioni post11 settembre, pregiudizio sulla regista. In realtà il film è bello. Certo alcuni personaggi sono solo stereotipati (Hudson) ma i personaggi maschili (i due protagonisti, il padre e il mentore statunitense) sono ben caratterizzati. Finale un pò scontanto ma il film funziona. Guardatelo