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Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)2020

Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Young Ahmed doesn't represent the Dardennes brothers' most developed work, but solid acting and a socially conscious story help compensate for its flaws.

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In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his imam's ideals of purity and life's temptations. How can love of life win out over his desire to put someone to death?

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One of their most extraordinary masterpieces.

February 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's a hugely flawed effort, turning many of the directors' strengths into liabilities, but it's also more thoughtful and complex than the insta-condemnations that were rained down on the basis of its premise alone.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Young Ahmed" is suspenseful and economical, with a clear sense of what's at stake, but something crucial - perhaps a deeper insight into the character or the contradictions that ensnare him - is missing.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi.

May 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It's reasonably gripping on a scene-by-scene level, and about as starkly unsentimental as any of the Dardennes' lean, urgent moral thrillers.

May 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The Dardennes have often settled on not-knowing in their work, only here, that acceptance of uncertainty plays like a concession that they're in over their heads.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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