Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets) (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets) (2000)

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A handful of street kids in Casablanca struggle to pay tribute to a fallen comrade in this drama. Ali Zaoua (Abdelhak Zhayra) is a homeless boy who runs with his friends Omar (Mustapha Hansali), Boubker (Hicham Moussane), and Kouka (Maunim Kbab), all of whom get by on their wits and often stray into petty crime to provide food, clothing, and shelter. The four boys were once under the thumb of Dib (Said Taghmaoui), a man who lords over a gang of young criminals, but under Ali's guidance they've decided to strike out on their own rather than share their meager earnings with Dib. Ali claims he's soon to sail away from this village to a better life, which his friends don't quite believe. However, after Ali is killed by Dib's goons, they learn he had indeed been hired as a cabin boy on a ship. Omar, Boubker, and Kouka pledge to arrange for a proper funeral for their late friend, whose body they're hiding from Dib and his men; however, paying for Ali's internment proves to be no easy task. Ali Zaoua received its North American premiere at the 2000 Montreal World Film Festival.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Abdelhak Zhayra
as Ali Zaoua
Amal Ayouch
as La mère d'Ali Zaoua
Mohamed Majd
as Le pêcheur
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Critic Reviews for Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Ayouch takes a subject that could be thoroughly depressing ... and -- through a simple story line, dramatic acting and National Geographic-like shots of the city's rough and pristine edges -- creates cinematic magic.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

In its own, low-key way, Ali Zaoua is just as stirring [as City of God].

April 16, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Less interested in moving a viewer to anger and action than in eliciting a few tears of pity and granting us a warm glow of self-congratulation for having shared for a moment in the anguish of underprivileged others.

April 15, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An oblique, heartbreaking film.

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's the eyes of the children ... that stay with you after Ali Zaoua is over -- as well as the compassion that's evident in every frame.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Ayouch has crafted a powerful reminder of how kids can adapt to even the worst of circumstances.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets)

½

Still haven't watched "City of God", the standard to which movies like this are held. As such, I liked this movie pretty well on its own.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

Interesting movie that centralizes around a small group of city street kids. Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boubker live near the ports and watch the boats and ships there. Ali dreams of becoming a sailor. Kwita focuses only of surviving and looking out for their small group. Leaving behind a gang led by Dib, they fear the consequences. After a brutal incident, Kwita now only has Omar and Boubker for companions. Mounim Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra, and Said Taghmaoui stars. Worthy!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

½

A Moroccan film about homeless children on the streets of Casablanca. The title character is killed in a street dispute in the first scene and his friends are forced to find a way to bury him with limited resources. This isn?t nearly as depressing as it all sounds, although this is an unflinching look at young children living in very desperate conditions. The film has a real sense of childhood whimsy despite depicting the gritty mean streets of Casablanca. What?s remarkable is that the film successfully has its cake and eats it too, it manages to simultaneously be gritty and whimsical, something hacks like Marc Forster only dream of actually accomplishing. The actors in the film are actually homeless children and the movie has a documentary feel but never revels in it. A very good movie from an area that doesn?t get much representation in international cinema.

MJS MJS
MJS MJS

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