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Michael Patrick Kelly
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
This really is an outstanding film, with beautifully crafted visuals, strong script, and excellent cast performances led by James Floyd and Fady Elsayed. A worthy winner of the Best Cinematography prize at Sundance 2012 where I saw the premiere screening.
It deals in a real and sensitive manner with some fascinating personal issues, and without giving any of the story away it keeps the watcher engaged to the very end.
The film stays loyal to its subject matter, employing a script based on the street lingo of its London estate setting. While this takes a few minutes to adapt to, it allowed me to became immersed in the real interactions, emotions, and events of the film.
A fantastic debut from talented director Sally El Hosaini, this is one to watch when it is released in the UK.
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