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An entertaining, thought provoking movie. A must-see!
It's a shame this film will probably remain in relative obscurity since it might offer people a different perspective on immigrants in large cities such as Brussels.
"Image" centers around Eva, a young reporter making a documentary on the life of immigrants after riots occurred in a poverty-stricken area in Brussels. She meets Lahbib, a young Arab man who's notorious but loved by the people in his neighborhood. Although Lahbib's a tough guy who lives in a rough part of town, the more time they spend together, the more he shows his vulnerable side. This vulnerable side makes you sympathize with Lahbib which seems to be the whole point of the film, to look past first impressions.
As Eva gets more involved with Lahbib's life and crosses the documentary's deadline, her boss starts breathing down her neck and a conflict ensues. We get to see how the media mainly focuses on the negative stuff that happens in these communities because that's what's good for ratings, unfortunately.
The cinematography beautifully captures Brussels' gritty, urban atmosphere. It's well balanced, containing drama, romance, comedy, great social commentary without feeling preachy and a surprising, unconventional ending. If I had to point out some minor flaws, it would be the overuse of suspenseful music and the lead actress's wooden, sometimes awkward delivery. Other than that it's excellent.
Kudos to the directors Adil El Arbi en Bilall Fallah for making an awesome, captivating film!
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