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My Brother the Devil (2012)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  9 November 2012 (UK)
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Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London.

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Fady Elsayed ...
Mo
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Izzi
Amira Ghazalla ...
Hanan
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Abdul-Aziz
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
Repo
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Aj
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Sayyid
Shyam Kelly ...
Devonte
McKell David ...
Demon's Boy (as McKell Celaschi-David)
Zachary Scipio ...
Demon's Younger 1
Ryan Townsend ...
Demon's Younger 2
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J-Boy
Kemi Martin ...
J-Boy's Girl
Mohammed Mansary ...
Faisal
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Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family's modest London flat is a completely different world - the streets of Hackney. The impressionable Mo idolizes his handsome older brother Rashid and wants to follow is his footsteps. However, Rashid, a charismatic and shrewd member of a local gang, wants a different life for his little brother and deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. One eventful summer, Rashid's sexual awakening forces Mo to confront his own fears and phobias and threatens to tear the brothers apart. Written by Anonymous

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A bátyám árnyékában  »

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27 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A couple of the reviews in NYC said something about iffy or inexperienced acting from the younger brother played by Fady Elsayed, so I was paying particular attention to his acting. Of course in film, as big brother and experienced actor James Floyd is quoted on IMDb, the director and editor can make or break an actor's performance. So maybe Fady sucked 95% of the time, who knows, but what is in the film was just fine by me.

As someone else pointed out here, the younger brother's turnaround at the end of film isn't really explained. But there had to be some passage of time since what had happened to him previously, and I guess we're probably supposed to figure he did a lot of reevaluating and growing up as a result of what he went through. Why there weren't some clues about his thinking and what if anything else influenced him would be a good question for the director and screenwriter and editor though. I suspect there was a scene or two filmed that they decided didn't work or was too obvious or something.

Another commenter here with some real life exposure to this sort of culture thought the low life stuff is a lot worse in real life. Well, it is a fictional film. I've been around the block myself and the drug dealer crack house and its denizens seemed close enough to me.


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