Ali & Ava is a heartfelt tale of two people living in rainy Yorkshire, dealing with loneliness, complicated families and new love. The film explores their deepening connection while past relationships and family judgment come into play.
Ali and Ava are two people nearing middle age, both their own kind of lonely. Ali is young at heart, with a bubbly personality and still dreams of his break-through as a DJ. His shameful secret is that he and his wife have separated. They still live together, because Ali is unable to break the news about the breakup to his more conservative family. Ava is a friendly and warm school assistant, who is now a widow after her violent husband died. Life largely consists of helping her children, especially her son Callum, who himself has recently become a father.
The two meet at random, warm feelings appear, and finally it seems that life has more to offer than a boring humdrum existence. Yet the relationship is met with deep suspicion by both of their families, threatening to put an end to this fledgling romance. Is it possible to make a relationship work across cultures, age gaps and vastly different personalities? Or should one just stick to one's own?
Director Clio Barnard delivers a heart-warming piece of British social realism with this modern, working-class love story.
Clio Barnard (b. 1965) is a British script writer and director. She studied fine arts at Newcastle Polytechnic, before attending the prestigious Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She has won several awards for her documentaries and feature films, including at the Cannes Film Festival.
2017 Dark River
2013 The Selfish Giant
2010 The Arbor (Documentary)
2003 Flood (Short)
2000 Lambeth Marsh (Short documentary)
|Programme:||The Price of Inequality|
|Run time:||1h 35m|
|Photo:||Ole Bratt Birkeland|
|Cast:||Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas, Mona Goodwin|