Ali & Ava
Directed by Clio Barnard
$12 / $8 Speed members
“Charming and heartfelt, an understated triumph.”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Sparks fly as two people from different ethnic backgrounds develop a deep connection despite the lingering legacy of past relationships. Director Clio Barnard has developed a compelling love story enveloped in music and imbued with humor.
Both lonely for different reasons, Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia, the child of Ali’s Slovakian tenants, whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness and Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humor irresistible. Over a lunar month, their affection grows. However, the legacy of Ava’s troubled previous liaisons and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage begins to overshadow their newfound passion.
BAFTA nominee for Best British Film and an official selection of Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. 2021, U.K., in English with English subtitles due to strong accents, 95 minutes. Recommended for 16+.