Young Ahmed

Young Ahmed
  • 2019
  • Belgium / France
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Cast: Idir Ben Addi, Myriem Akheddiou, Claire Bodson, Victoria Bluck
  • Language: French, Arabic

Ahmed (Ben Addi) is a radicalised Muslim teenager fixated on killing his teacher (Akheddiou). The Dardenne brothers’ usual poise eludes them here, with a flimsy yarn aiming for a classic redemptive arc but brought down by unconvincing dialogue, perplexing subplots and a reliance on clichés.

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Young Ahmed

24 May 20192 stars

Cannes 2019: Disappointing radicalisation drama from the Dardenne brothers

Celebrated Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers weave a flimsy social realist yarn about a radicalised Muslim teenager who is fixated on killing his teacher. Over a period of weeks, Ahmed's mother (Claire Bodson) notices drastic changes in her son's…

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