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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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... Rashid
Fady Elsayed ... Mo
... Izzi
... Hanan
... Abdul-Aziz
... Repo
... Aj
... Sayyid
Shyam Kelly ... Devonte
... Demon's Boy (as McKell Celaschi-David)
Zachary Scipio ... Demon's Younger 1
Ryan Townsend ... Demon's Younger 2
... 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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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9 November 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A bátyám árnyékában  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305, 24 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,305, 24 March 2013
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Featured in 56th BFI London Film Festival (2012) See more »

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Totally absorbing
30 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

James Floyd and Fady Elsayed rivet your attention as older and younger brothers, UK-born of Egyptian parents, who have hopes and, therefore, frustrations living in council-houses London. As with so many young, poor males in that milieu, the only immediate path to some kind of decent income is in the gang activities commonplace in their part of town.

And yet this movie avoids every clichéd turn of plot suggested by the familiar premises of the story. The drama is consistently fresh. The developments, though surprising, are invariably right. This movie will hold your attention and its characters your sympathy from the opening scene to the last blackout.

I'd also mention that a lot of the movie is in closeup so it helps that James Floyd is very easy to look at. The most perfect nose without rhinoplasty I ever saw. Jim Smith


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