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

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A Belgian teen, embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran, hatches a plot to kill his teacher.

Cast & Crew

Olivier Bonnaud
L'éducateur de référence
Othmane Moumen
Imam Youssouf
Cyra Lassman
Yasmine
Delphine Tomson
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Igor Gabriel
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Paul Rouschop
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Maira Ramedhan-Levi
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  • The directors' aesthetics are as formally rigorous and evocative as ever, capturing the unyielding nature of zealotry, as well as the difficulty of loosening extremism's terrible grip on individuals' hearts and minds.

    January 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • [Filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne] are clear-sighted and righteous in their approach.

    December 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The narrative unfolds in that earnest semi-documentary (and French language) style that the Dardennes do so well. But it's also glib and unconvincing, and topped off by a profoundly stupid ending.

    August 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Young Ahmed might be major filmmakers in a minor mode, but it is still a riveting, beautifully made character study that provokes compassion and controversy in equal measures.

    August 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Young Ahmed can't resist the odd moment of melodrama, which sometimes feels out of place in an otherwise undiluted piece of social realism. This might not be vintage Dardennes, but it is still one of their most daring works to date.

    August 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Dardennes have often put the young at the heart of their deceptively simple stories. Here they do it as urgently as ever - Ahmed a source of mounting dread, but still a boy, as yet undamned.

    August 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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