91 mins
7 / 10 (267)


A shared love of music ignites sparks between Ali and Ava. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness while Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. They have to find a way to keep their newfound passion being overshadowed by the stresses of their separate histories.

MUBI's take

Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar give magnificent performances at the center of this cross-cultural romance from British filmmaker Clio Barnard. A charismatic, Bradford-set drama energised by a rousingly eclectic soundtrack, Ali & Ava intimately unfurls the knotted entanglements of life and love.

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