Prince (2015)


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Seventeen-year-old Ayoub (Ayoub Elasri) has a lot on his plate: his father (Chaib Massaoudi) is a junkie, his mother (Elsie de Brauw) is a lonely divorcé, and his sister (Olivia Lonsdale) is falling in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by his father's terrible reputation, Ayoub can't get the attention of Laura (Sigrid ten Napel), the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. He does, however, gain the attention of Kalpa (Freddy Tratlehner), an eccentric, purple Lamborghini-driving, psychotically violent local criminal. Falling in with Kalpa, Ayoub tries to enlarge his status (and wallet) enough to win Laura over, but soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for.

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A slender, morally simplified fable that makes up for its tonal and narrative imprecisions with considerable visual energy, musical pizzazz, and a panoply of colorful characters ...

Aug 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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While "Prince" feels a little slight when the credits roll less than 80 minutes after it begins, it's still a strong, creative addition to the crowded coming-of-age genre.

Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although the disaffected youth drama knows no international boundaries, few have felt as fresh and consistently unpredictable as the slyly satirical "Prince" by Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Instead of shades of ambiguity or a structure that quivers upon impact, Sam de Jong, the writer and director of "Prince," depicts a universe in absolute terms. Ayoub's arc from good boy to bad prince is too rapid and uncomplicated.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

De Jong indulges in some shocking, violent imagery in these passages, and this detracts from the film's effective social portrait; so too does the aggressively loud synth-pop soundtrack.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Expertly paced and gorgeous to behold, Sam de Jong's Dutch-language directorial debut sets a stylish coming-of-age story in a bleak Amsterdam housing project.

Aug 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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