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.