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The Big Sick
Saturday 10th February 2018
in the Village Hall

Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 120 mins  Rated: R
The Big Sick has been very warmly-received wherever itís been shown and garnered one of the biggest deals in Sundance Film Festival history.  This superbly original romantic comedy/drama is based on the true story of Kumail Nanjiani, an aspiring comedian and Emily Gardner.   They co-wrote the script together which took three years to write; Kumail stars as himself. 
It starts from the premise of the inherent difficulties of cultural and generational clashes as Kumail is Pakistani dating a white woman in Chicago that no one can know about. 
However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents who demand that he participate in an arranged marriage to a Pakistani girl.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) whom he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Although this movie deals with complex issues, it does so with a light touch and the screenplay is infused with a comedian's sense of humour that captures the comedy in all personal relationships.   
Based on the real-life courtship between the two screen writers, this beautiful film was the unlikeliest breakout comedy hit of last year and even in adversity, is surprisingly funny. 
In recognition of such a heartfelt and humorous story, The American Film Institute announced 'The Big Sick' is a winner for the 10 Best Films of the Year