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14th Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFE was a great success this year It offered a variety of movie genres that attracted people from different age groups But mostly students were the ones who waited in long queues at Cankarjev dom ticket office The movie that especially attracted them was Hanif Kureishis masterpiece My Son the Fanatic which portrays the life of a Pakistani family living in England It is a story of cultures and generations stunningly recorded on film to make the viewers take a new look at this matter Mr Kureishi created many different characters from different parts of the world and joined their lives in northern England The protagonist is Parvez Om Puri who has been a taxi driver for twenty-five years He has abandoned his country culture religion and brought his family to a new prosperous country in order to have a better life Farid Akbar Kurtha is his son who at first seems to have integrated into the British society and culture Bettina Rachel Griffiths is Parvezs best friend a prostitute and in a way a substitute for his wife Minoo Gopi Desai who he does not love anymore Mr Shitz Stellan Skarsgrd is a wealthy German businessman who has left his family and came to England in search for pleasure He and Parvez meet at the airport and soon after that Mr Shitz starts taking advantage of his goodness and his need for money The plot is highly enjoyable and full of nail-biting elements The movie begins at Farid fiances place Parvez is exhilarated by the fact that his son is going to marry an English girl Her parents however do not share his enthusiasm and behave in a reserved and cold way This is a turning point for Farid as he realizes the extremity of the differences between British and Pakistani culture Things soon begin to change Farid sells his clothes guitar and other belongings He is becoming increasingly
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