Love + Hate (15)

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In an unnamed Northern town, Adam, a white racist, falls in love with Naseema, the Pakistani girl who works in the same shop as him. Meanwhile Michelle, who works with them, has fallen in love with Yousif, who happens to be Naseema's brother. Adam's brother beats up a Pakistani cab-driver - who turns out to be Naseema's dad.

And guess what? Michelle's dad is one of Yousif's workmates. Dominic Savage's film would work a lot better if he hadn't tied the knots of coincidence quite so tightly, and if it didn't wear its good intentions quite so openly on its sleeve. As it stands, the self-consciously gritty dialogue and the very believable acting feel a bit beside the point.

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