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In her accomplished debut, writer-director Sally El Hosaini shuffles the deck of working-class, multi-ethnic east London coming-of-age movies. In this case the sons of a hardworking Egyptian-born bus driver on a Hackney estate make the usual mistakes of joining rival gangs, carrying knives, buying guns, dealing drugs.

It's better than several recent versions of this material but facile in the treatment of homosexuality, which is crudely injected into the plot. The performances are uneven, but as the brothers, Floyd and Elsayed are both rather good.

DramaPhilip French

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