The Big Sick
Release date: 11 August 2017
Director: Michael Showalter. Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. USA 2016. 120 mins.
Co-writers and real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history to create a heart-stealing, hilarious portrait of modern romance built across a cultural divide. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Nanjiani) meets and falls in love with American grad student Emily (Kazan), but fi nds himself at odds with the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. When Emily is waylaid by illness, Kumail is forced to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Featuring a wealth of comic talent in front of and behind the camera, The Big Sick tackles complex, serious issues with humour and grace, and captures the real human comedy that exists in all personal relationships.