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Les chevaux de Dieu (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 February 2013 (Belgium)
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A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

Director:

Nabil Ayouch

Writers:

Jamal Belmahi, Mahi Binebine (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abdelhakim Rachi ... Yacine
Abdelilah Rachid ... Hamid
Hamza Souidek Hamza Souidek ... Nabil
Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani ... Fouad
Badr Chakir Badr Chakir ... Khalil
Achraf Afir ... Yacine (as a child)
Said El-Alami ... Hamid (as a child)
Zouhair Sabri Zouhair Sabri ... Nabil (as a child)
Bouchaib Saakine Bouchaib Saakine ... Fouad (as a child)
Othman Younouss Othman Younouss ... Khalil (as a child)
Rabii Benjhail Tadlaoui Rabii Benjhail Tadlaoui ... Zaid (as Rabii Tadlaoui)
Mohammed Taleb Mohammed Taleb ... Abdu Zoubeir
Mohamed Mabrouk Mohamed Mabrouk ... Nouceir
Fatima El-Kraimy Fatima El-Kraimy ... Yemma (Yacine's Mother)
Youness Chara Youness Chara ... Said
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A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Tunisia | Morocco

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

13 February 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Horses of God See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,251, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,779, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000, 31 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Morocco to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Les chevaux de Dieu
composed by Malvina Meinier
Les chevaux de Dieu (Bande originale du film)
©Les Films du Nouveau Monde, 2013
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Powerful tale of the evolution of young boys into suicide bombing terrorists
18 December 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Based on the real multiple bombings that took place on May 16, 2003 in Casablanca, Morocco, the film follows its main characters over a period of 10 years, as they transition from boys to young men.

There's a lot that's powerful here, and there is much that has the ring of truth in this journey into darkness. But compared to (for example), Hany Abu-Assad's more complex and richer 'Paradise Now' there's also something a bit schematic. The reasons behind the transformation of these once sweet young men into bombers– poverty, hopelessness, an overly macho culture – are certainly true, but they're also familiar. It doesn't quite feel like we're digging deeper into their souls.

I also wish the villains of the piece, both Jihadist and 'civilian' were a little less on-the-nose, a little less mustache twirling. In terms of those men who are recruiting the boys, I missed the charisma that I assume must be part of the recruitment process.

Much like Ayouch's earlier 'Ali Zoaua: Price of the Streets', also about middle -eastern street kids, while the film is intelligent and interesting, it feels like it should be even more emotionally devastating than it ultimately is. That said, it's good enough that I could imagine re-visiting it, and seeing if it pulls me in even deeper on a second viewing.


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