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With: Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Akbar Kurtha, Stellan Skarsgard, Gopi Desai, Harish Patel, Sarah-Jane Potts, Judi Jones, Geoffrey Bateman
Written by: Hanif Kureishi, based on his short story
Directed by: Udayan Prasad
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, language and a scene of drug use
Running Time: 88
Date: 10/21/1997
IMDB

My Son the Fanatic (1999)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Culture Sock

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Om Puri stars as an Indian cab driver living in England. His son (Gopi Desai) begins zealously pursuing his Indian culture and alienates his family in the process. Meanwhile his father falls in love with a prostitute (Rachel Griffiths) that he drives around as part of his job. Writer Hanif Kureishi's movies all have a tragicomic feel to them; he tries to look at absurd situations seriously. Some scenes involving the mysterious Mr. Schitz (Stellan Skarsgard) feel gimmicky and don't quite jell. But Om Puri gives an extraordinary performance, and breathes real exhaustion, anger, and excitement into his role.

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