Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)

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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.

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In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his imam's ideals of purity and life's temptations. How can love of life win out over his desire to put someone to death?

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  • It allows us to have the time and the space to just consider this young man and his choices... I admire that they try to get at something complicated in a simple, clear-eyed way.

    March 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For perhaps the first time in the brothers' career, one of their movies feels like it's missing a key something: an understanding, or an inquisitiveness, or perhaps that framing known as judgment.

    March 5, 2020 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    TheWrap
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  • One of their most extraordinary masterpieces.

    February 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a hugely flawed effort, turning many of the directors' strengths into liabilities, but it's also more thoughtful and complex than the insta-condemnations that were rained down on the basis of its premise alone.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
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  • "Young Ahmed" is suspenseful and economical, with a clear sense of what's at stake, but something crucial - perhaps a deeper insight into the character or the contradictions that ensnare him - is missing.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi.

    May 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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