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Cedar Boys (2009)

A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

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A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

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When you're on the outside all you want is in. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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30 July 2009 (Australia)  »

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AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Serhat Caradee made Cedar Boys in 26 days over 38 locations, which is a record for an Australian film. See more »

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Well made, dark, crime drama
5 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film was really big surprise for me since I've never heard about it and no one seems to have seen it.

This dark, realistic, gritty, crime drama takes no prisoners, offers no easy explanations and also gives the viewer something to think about. The film circles around three friends with lebanese heritage who all dreams of succeeding and becoming financially independent.

The life of crime is the easy way out when everything else seems to fail and thus these three friends embark on a road that can only lead to more problems.

Director Serhat Caradee has gotten a very talented group actors like, Les Chantery, Bren Foster, Waddah Sari, Rachael Taylor etc. Everyone plays their characters with a lot realism, honesty and also leaves the viewer with an emotional impact that rarely seen in crime films nowadays.

Usually crime drama fall short on realism, they become too glossy or starts glorifying the main characters, or makes unrealistic plot turns but not so here.

The socialrealism is everywhere in this film, it has a lowkey tone/style to it that reminds you of old classics like The Panic in Needle Park (1971, Mean Streets (1973) etc.

Some of the characters feels so real you could sworn you met these on a Friday night at some clubs, bars, discos.

See this film, it will be worth it, providing that you like films like Gomorra (2008, Little Odessa (1994) or documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys (2006.


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