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My Brother the Devil (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 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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Sally El Hosaini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Krishna Floyd ... Rashid (as James Floyd)
Fady Elsayed ... Mo
Anthony Welsh ... Izzi
Amira Ghazalla ... Hanan
Nasser Memarzia ... Abdul-Aziz
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Repo
Arnold Oceng ... Aj
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Sayyid
Shyam Kelly Shyam Kelly ... Devonte
McKell David ... Demon's Boy (as McKell Celaschi-David)
Zachary Scipio Zachary Scipio ... Demon's Younger 1
Ryan Townsend Ryan Townsend ... Demon's Younger 2
Malachi Kirby ... J-Boy
Kemi Martin Kemi Martin ... J-Boy's Girl
Mohammed Mansary Mohammed Mansary ... Faisal
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Storyline

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 in 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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A bátyám árnyékában See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305, 24 March 2013

Gross USA:

$44,906

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,056
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in 56th BFI London Film Festival (2012) See more »

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Great acting performance. Too clean to be "real"
22 March 2013 | by MdlndeHondSee all my reviews

MBTD has a great cast, not a single complaint about it. The young actors are truly phenomenal. The story of two brothers in Gangland London doesn't ring that right to me. This is not gangland London. What the producer wants to show is the under layer of society where kids too mature for their age get in the lowest ranks in the hierarchy of drug dealers and their rivalry to make it big or make it out. But it's too clean, too polished and too polite.

El Hosaini goes methodically by a list of what are considered controversial topics just enough to charm but not offend the audience. Events are nicely sown together to make festival goers feel that this movie is "deep". Played out in sleek designed apartments and clean street scape instead of rough neighbourhoods governments neglect and fail to maintain . The director doesn't really understand the dynamics although apparently she spend 5 years doing research for the script. It looks like she spend a lot of time reading about it. The world she tried to capture is far more gritty than this. It's a nice watch but in no way La Haine where you see desolation, despair and boredom with a life that will have nothing else to offer. If I could I would rate this 8 for the cast and 5 for the script.


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