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ANITA AND ME - Movie Review

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ANITA AND ME - Movie Review A Girl Who Just Wants to Have Fun The famous, well known writer and director Meera Syal has written a breathtaking movie 'Anita and Me.' Meera Syal is a best selling novelist and has sold thousands of her fantastic stories one of which is called, 'Anita and Me' all over the country. Syal puts a lot of herself in her work and also she is a British born woman; however she still has her Indian origin which revolves in her story's and movies. Her movies have been compared to the following 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'East is East.' These movies all have an Indian culture behind them as well as a fun and laughter side. It's also has it's own culture in the movie while being surrounded by the British society, and also one which a young girl wants very much to be a part of, although the dominant culture doesn't mean it is going to be all peachy, if that is what you are thinking, that is what made it the most amusing and most incredible movie of the year. ...read more.


Meena and Anita eventually formed an unlikely bond, and become like blood sisters, vowing to be there for each other through thick and thin. However, Meena was facing her secondary school entrance exam and during that time she had suffered domestic abuse by Anita's mother and toured the two girls apart. Meena wants to be like Anita, a blond, light-headed British girl who is 14 years old. Meena admires Anita for her charm, good looks and her independence, and in so many different ways Meena wants to be like her. The story took place in year 1972. Political correctness has not yet been invented. The called 'dark skins' in English villages are as rare as black footballers in the First Division. Life me be quite old fashioned, but it's also racist. For example: Meena's friend Anita's mum comes home one day with a cuddly black poodle pup. "What's it called?" Anita's little sister asks. "Nigger," she is told. And no-one blinks an eye. In the movie some of the British characters refer to Meena and her family as wogs and darkies. ...read more.


Meena found out that she couldn't please the whole world even if that did mean her racist neighbourhood because she was meant to Indian. When Meena moved away to live closer to her new school, she had left behind a chapter of her life, and had matured enough to have realized that Anita was never a real friend. I personal think that this movie a perfect example of what Indians where put through back in the days in England. The English had discriminated the Indians and the Asians just because of their skin colour, however this doesn't only happen in England, it happens all over the world. This movie is also show a culture side of the story and a bit of history about Indian, such as the independents when India and Pakistan was split into to different countries. The movie 'Anita and Me' was amusing and enjoyable to watch and was fast moving. 'Anita and Me' is a unique vision of the British childhood in the early seventies, a childhood caught between two cultures, each on the edge of enormous change. For these points I would rate this movie 4 star. ...read more.

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The cultural issues that could be explored in a review of this film are vast and this essay begins to touch on them. The essay however needs a much stronger focus on how issues are demonstrated and what choices are made by the director to successfully convey the issues to the audience.

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