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USA • 128 min • English • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: Mira Nair
"Tense, thoughtful and truly international in breadth and depth."
- Richard and Mary Corliss, Time Magazine
"'Convincingly rooted in Pakistan, its generally gripping drama painfully confronts the great cultural divide in people’s thinking created by the tragedy of 9/11."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
2011, Lahore. At a café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking his fortune on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.