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Young Ahmed

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Release: 2019
Runtime: 84
Country: Belgium
Language: French and Arabic with English subtitles

The Dardenne Brothers won this year's Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this brave new work, another intimate portrayal-in-furious-motion of a protagonist in crisis. The filmmakers' radical empathy alights on a Muslim teenager (extraordinary first-time actor Idir Ben Addi) in a small Belgian town who has been radicalized by his Imam despite the desperate protestations of his single mother (Claire Bodson), and who winds up hatching a murderous plot targeting his beloved teacher (Myriem Akheddiou). Taking a serious view of a difficult issue--the effect of fanaticism on the body and soul--the Dardennes here remind viewers why they continue to be at the center of 21st-century cinema. - New York Film Festival

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color