Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Infidel

Director: Josh Appignanesi
Starring: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi, Igal Naor
Not quite to the level of the satirical pen of Johnny Speight and ‘Til death us do part’ but under the circumstances which prevail today with PC etc., not a bad effort for all that. Foul mouthed Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili ) is a moderate Muslim, father and general foul mouthed, couch potato. Happy to let the world go by he also yearns for his youth and the eighties. The apple of his son’s eye is local beauty and daughter of a much-feared, unjovial, fatwa-friendly imam who holds Mahmud in very low regard. Keen to do the right thing by his family Mahmud is beginning to adopt a more religious attitude when by chance he discovers a family secret. Seems he was adopted and is Jewish? What to do? See the movie and find out because it is well worth the experience. The witty screen play was written by David Baddiel and comes across as a high amusing comedy which deals well with contemporary issues. Omid Djalili, as the challenged Mahmud is immensely funny, as is Richard Schiff (Whitehouse), the Jewish cabbie, Lenny, who tries to help. Worth the watch

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