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Ali & Ava 15 rating

Clio Barnard’s latest film is a tremendously warm and tenderly written love story.

Drama 2020 94 mins

Director: Clio Barnard



Ava, a classroom assistant, and Ali, a landlord and failed DJ, are brought together by a series of chance encounters in their local community in Bradford. Despite each having a close-knit group of family and friends, Ali and Ava are fundamentally lonely souls who initially unite over a love of music, but soon realise that this is the chance for something more... But will this deep connection be enough to survive the outside forces that seem compelled to keep them apart? Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, Dark River) has created a beautifully observed romantic drama that fizzes with truth and joy and isn’t afraid of tackling serious issues along the way.