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Family Tensions Simmer--and Then Boil--in Shan Khan's 'Honour' (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2014 at 12:07PM

In "Honour," writer/director Shan Khan's debut feature, a young woman named Mona lives a double life in London, free and self-determined in public but chafing at home under the strict precepts of her devout mother.
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Honour

In "Honour," writer/director Shan Khan's debut feature, a young woman named Mona lives a double life in London, free and self-determined in public but chafing at home under the strict precepts of her devout mother.

Mona and her boyfriend are both Muslim, but he is Punjabi while she is Pakistani, and in the eyes of her mother and older brother Kasim, a policeman with a violent temper, the match is so shameful that Mona must die for it.  At first, Kasim attempts to to take matters into his hands, but Mona flees the city, and her family turns instead to a racist ex-con bounty hunter to finish the job.

In its review of the film when it opened in the UK in April, THR called Khan's film "an accomplished debut," and praised his screenplay, which critic Stephen Dalton wrote 
"contains some smart twists and trapdoors, scrambling chronology so that events unfold in non-linear loops, revealing extra context with hindsight."

"Honour" opens in New York on July 11, when it will also be available for VOD streaming, and will expand to LA and other markets later this summer.  Below, check out an exclusive TOH! look at the film in which Mona, her mother and Kasim sit down to a very tense dinner.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.