There's such an important issue at the centre of this British thriller that the film should not be ignored, even if filmmaker Shan Khan strains to turn it into a formulaic thriller. It's beautifully shot and performed with emotional resonance by a gifted cast, but the fragmented structure makes it difficult to engage with the story.
The topic at hand is honour killing, a threat that becomes real for British-Pakistani estate agent Mona (Aiysha Hart) when she decides to run off with her boyfriend Tanvir (Nikesh Patel) against her family's wishes. So her mother (Harvey Virdi) and older brother Kasim (Faraz Ayub), reluctantly joined by younger brother Adel (Shubham Saraf), hire an unnamed bounty hunter (Paddy Considine) to track her down and stop her. But this case forces him to examine with his own past as a racist thug.
Considine delivers one of his most textured performances yet as a man who is finally listening to his conscience after years of harsh brutality. This makes him an absorbing character through which to enter this story, and his limited interaction with others is telling and sometimes moving. Hart is also terrific as a young woman who is pushed from high-flying professional to cowering victim by her own subculture. The other standout is Saraf as a teen who knows his family traditions are utterly wrong and feels helpless to stand up against them.
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Mona is a beautiful young woman brought up in a strictly Muslim family in Britain but has preferences towards Western ideologies. Not one to confine herself within her family's religion, she improperly finds herself a Punjabi boyfriend with whom she has a forbidden intimate relationship. Well aware of her family's unwavering stance on the importance of virginity and marriage, Mona plans to run away with him but not before her relations attempt the brutal honour killing of her in the name of Islam. She flees, but her family are not done yet and her mother calls in a ruthless bounty hunter in a bid to save their reputation. The hunter is usually happy to kill people on a business is business basis, but just how will he feel once Mona is in his grasp?
'Honour' is a dynamic and heart-stopping thriller about issues that have been around for centuries amongst religious families. Starring Paddy Considine ('The World's End', 'The Bourne Ultimatum') and up-and-coming actress Aiysha Hart ('Atlantis', 'Djinn'), it has been directed by BAFTA nominated Shan Khan ('Candy Bar Kid' short film) in her feature film directorial debut. The film is scheduled for release in the UK on April 4th 2014.
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William Ruane and Cannes Film Festival - Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, William Ruane, Paul Brannigan and Siobhan Reilly Tuesday 22nd May 2012 'The Angel's Share' photocall during the 65th Cannes Film Festival
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