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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Omid Djalili
Richard Schiff
Matt Lucas.
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Josh Appignanesi.
Screenwriters
Running Time
105 minutes

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The Infidel
Omid Djalili gets out his dreidel


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Plot
When Mahmud (Djalili) discovers that he's not only adopted but a Jew, his Muslim faith and sense of identity are thrown into flux.


Review
The Infidel
A tricky proposition, this, being a comedy about a Muslim who, after his mother dies, discovers he was adopted and that he’s actually Jewish. At its inception it was considered a controversial property and initially struggled to find backing, but such is the likability of star Omid Djalili and the warmth of David Baddiel’s screenplay, compared to Chris Morris’ higher profile Four Lions, The Infidel is a relatively unthreatening prospect. Indeed, while the script pokes fun at both Muslim and Jewish customs, ultimately this gives context to themes of identity, family and friendship, as Djalili’s minicab driver Mahmud — a relaxed Muslim at best — struggles to make sense of who he is. An appealing supporting cast add to a quietly entertaining piece.


Verdict
Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun.


Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth

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I didnt find it funny at all I hate all the religiouse and racial tension it doesnt matter how much fun you poke at it or how many American media originated jewish stereotypes are observed here it is not funny I know it is only a minority who are racist and this film is poking fun at the islamic faith also but it isnt funny. Religion is the root of all evil this film stinks. ... More

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