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Ali & Ava

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United Kingdom · 2021
1h 35m
Director Clio Barnard
Starring Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Natalie Gavin, Macy Shackleton
Genre Drama, Romance

Two lonely people from vastly different backgrounds form an unlikely friendship and even unlikelier romance. Ali and Ava meet when Ali offers Ava a ride home. From there, their kindness and companionship blossoms into love despite the lingering legacy of past relationships and emotional turmoil.

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The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Despite Ali & Ava proving a heartwarmingly funny and rich love story, its strength truly lies in the characters’ melancholic confrontation with their underlying pain.


IndieWire by Jude Dry

Barnard once again proves herself the bard of the British working class. In Ali & Ava, she abandons her occasionally bleak realism for a kind of stubborn hopefulness, letting the delight of unexpected connection break through the storm clouds.

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