The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer)

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The Idol wrings fresh enjoyment from its well-worn formula, delivering a crowd-pleasing rags-to-riches biopic fueled by gripping performances and a solidly written script.



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Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It's where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for.

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Qais Atallah
as Young Mohammad Assaf
Ahmad Qassim
as Young Ahmad
Tawfeek Barhom
as Mohammad Assaf
Teya Hussein
as Young Amal
Manal Awwad
as Mother of Mohammad Assaf
Waleed Abd Elsalem
as Father of Mohammad Assaf
Ashraf Barhom
as Smuggler
Ali Jaber
as Ali Jaber
Hussein Nakhleh
as Taxi Customer
Nabil AlRaee
as Doctor 2
Ameer Abu Elrub
as Cameraman
Husam Al-Azza
as Border Officer
Jamal Khalaily
as Abu-Khaled
Em Mouhamad
as Angry Woman
Raneem AlDawood
as Female Contestant
Kawa Shekho
as Male Contestant
Sanad Haddadin
as Contestant
Shady Habashy
as Head Guard
Ahmad AlAjarma
as Security Guard
Yaser Haddad
as Assistant Producer
Rami Yasin
as Beirut Doctor
Adeeb Hadi
as Kareem
Mohammad Atallah
as Costume Designer
Johnnie Matar
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Bshara Khazen
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Firas Mansour
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Justin Nijim
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Amir Bathish
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Ranin Bathish
as Brass Band Greek Catholic Scout
Wadia Ghassan Abu
as Child Playing Drums
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  • Directed by the twice Oscar-nominated Hany Abu-Assad, it is remarkable for dancing deftly between politics and melodrama without coming down heavily on either side.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • If ever there was a movie tailor-made to provide subtitle-reading training for the tween and teen kids of left-leaning parents, this is it.

    Aug 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're a fan of the classic streets-to-stardom formula, this is a solid rendition.

    Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Obviously anyone can see where this going, but director Abu-Assad wisely makes the journey fascinating by factoring in cultural and political considerations.

    Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Mohammad Assaf's (Tawfeek Barhom) quest to become the next Arab Idol plays out much in the same manner as the routine biographical backstory segment one expects to find on the talent contest just prior to a contestant taking to the stage.

    Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully shot, and with a powerful performance from Barhom, this is a biopic at its best.

    Jun 9, 2016 | Full Review…

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