I really would love to throw a ten-star to this one, as it has a brilliant feel to it. Basically, it follows a young Belgian of Moroccan origin as he tries unsuccessfully to find a place in society. Neither totally Arabic nor European, he falls for a cute Belgian girl and watches his friends spin out of control. It's a heartfelt portrayal of life for second-generation immigrants that many people can relate to.
Unfortunately, the directors chose mostly non-professional actors. At times (the family scenes) it works really well. Even the cops are real cops, apparently. But a lot of weight is being put on amateur shoulders in the more dramatic scenes, and I even found it hard following what the lead actor (the striking Mourad Maimuni) was saying.
So the overall feeling is one of vague disappointment. Good looking, perceptive, "real" but curiously lacking in impact.
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