The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

DVD - 2013
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A Pakistani immigrant graduates from Princeton at the top of his class and soon finds work at a successful firm in New York City, but the aftermath of 9/11 soon threatens everything he's worked for.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media, [2013]
Branch Call Number: FIC Reluc
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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SandraLH
Aug 24, 2016

Good characterization and suspense depicting the time of 9-11 from the perspective of a Pakistani Muslim man who came to America to start a new enterprising life and everything fell apart.

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Vivica
Jun 17, 2016

The central character is shallow & unlikable. The reasons used for justifying his conversion are pretty flimsy - on the whole ... I found the film transparently manipulative.

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JoaBiblio
May 29, 2016

Interesting thesis-movie.
Many layers to read through.
Well done by Liev Schreiber (though his is an interior story).
Heart-wrenching journey that of Changez. (Playing with his -French? - name?).
It's worth watching the movie.

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ceiligh
Oct 22, 2015

An interesting film.
Enjoyable soundtrack.

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smorgen
Jul 29, 2015

Wow what a fantastic film!!!

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tenet
Mar 24, 2015

Rated 1/10.

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empbee
Mar 18, 2015

Very good and well done movie about fear, insecurity, paranoia and their consequences in lives.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 25, 2015

Not as violent as I feared & certainly does deliver on what it likely has happened & continues to happen to many of the Muslim faith just by 'looks' alone. This practice of prejudice based on looks, stereotypes, beliefs, cultures is ageless, it's just so current that it's in the forefront. A paranoid nation after 9/11 pushed agencies into tactics many have come to regret. Good film, well-acted, offers realistic view of many cultures.

manoush Oct 29, 2014

I don't think there's a Mira Nair film that's unwatchable (except for Kama Sutra). "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel, and it works well because the central character, Changez, undergoes an abrupt and complete transformation. At first he's a rising star in a McKinsey-type consulting firm, taken under the wing of a mentor well-played by Kiefer Sutherland. Changez becomes a poster boy for the American dream, making a lot of money in New York and acquiring an artsy, rich girlfriend (a miscast Kate Hudson). Then he sours on the US after September 11 and the Bush administration's bombing of Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq. His mistreatment in the US for his brown skin leads him to go back to Pakistan and become a firebrand college lecturer, where he draws the attention of American agents, presumably working for the CIA.

Nair's film hews pretty closely to the novel, with excellent acting from all the principals except for very stiff, uninspired acting by Liev Schreiber and a phone-it-in performance by Hudson. Riz Khan plays Changez exceedingly well. The scene in which he's full-body-searched at the airport is very arresting, wordlessly conveying the humiliation suffered by many American citizens and residents for their Muslim names after 9/11. Making brief but memorable appearances as Changez's parents are Shabana Azmi and Om Puri, two titans of Hindi cinema.The film opens with a stunning musical performance, "Kangana" by the Qawwali duo Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad. The soaring music is intercut with a dramatic kidnapping that starts off the film, but the simultaneity is distracting. The musical performance really commands all one's attention and dwarfs the action.

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hammer59
Aug 02, 2014

Very interesting story and a real eye opener regarding the clash of cultures and the reasons why America is so despised in many parts of the world. This film was very well made and the acting/directing was superior. Highly recommended.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2014

Changez (began life in New York City as a financial analysts): “I was . . . never an American; I was immediately a New Yorker.”

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2014

From IMDB: ------ Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "Have you heard of the janissaries?" -----

Changez: Changez: "No." ----

Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "They were Christian boys, captured by the Ottomans at an early age. They were educated to forget their own culture and trained to be soldiers in their army. Then, as fanatical Muslims, they were set loose on the Christian countries from which they were taken."

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