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All In Good Time

From the writer of East Is East

All In Good Time follows the tradition of plain, old-fashioned, knowingly warm-hearted British films that appeal to our sense of community and stir our feelings for little people. The Full Monty, East Is East, Calendar Girls and Made In Dagenham all achieved their success through juxtapositions: of comedy and drama, tears and laughter, setbacks and eventual triumph. Salford-born playwright Ayub Khan-Din, who wrote East Is East, is also behind All In Good Time, though it’s based on Bill Naughton’s 1960s play of the same name and its original film adaptation, The Family Way. It revolves around an Anglo-Asian family in Bolton, headed by Harish Patel as a domineering father (a familiar archetype in Khan-Din’s work) and his kind, thoughtful wife (Meera Syal). Their elder son Atul (Reece Ritchie), the object of dad’s disdain, has just married delightful young Vina (Amara Karan), but when their honeymoon is cancelled, they reluctantly move into his parents’ tiny terraced house. The story hinges on their inability to consummate their marriage in such cramped circumstances, deprived of time alone and in such close proximity to the interfering father. Nigel Cole, who directed Calendar Girls and Made In Dagenham, has shot All In Good Time plainly, without flourishes, but with an eye for the claustrophobic setting in which the couple find themselves; the film’s modesty of scale serves a dramatic purpose. You’d need a hard heart not to empathise with the young couple’s plight. It’s touching, poignant and often witty, with a splendid addition to earlier versions – the presence of three ‘aunties’, a Greek chorus of middle-aged Asian women, gossiping and analysing the consummation problem as it unfolds. (A visual gag involving one of these women and a cigarette provides the film’s most amusing moment.) The acting is solid and attentive throughout, with a breakthrough role for Karan as the lovely Vina. But Patel’s terrific, roaring performance as the overbearing but vulnerable patriarch leaves everyone else in the shade. – David Gritten, The Daily Telegraph Official Trailer
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Directed by: 
Nigel Cole
Running Time: 
Amara Karan, Harish Patel, Meera Syal, Neet Mohran, Reece Ritchie
Screenplay by: 
Ayub Khan-Din Based on the play by Bill Naughton

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