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Young Ahmed (2019)

Le jeune Ahmed (original title)
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A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne (screenplay), Luc Dardenne (screenplay)
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Idir Ben Addi ... Ahmed
Olivier Bonnaud Olivier Bonnaud ... L'éducateur de référence
Myriem Akheddiou ... Inès
Victoria Bluck Victoria Bluck ... Louise
Claire Bodson Claire Bodson ... La mère
Othmane Moumen Othmane Moumen ... Imam Youssouf
Amine Hamidou Amine Hamidou ... Rachid
Yassine Tarsimi Yassine Tarsimi ... Abdel
Cyra Lassman Cyra Lassman ... Yasmine
Karim Chihab Karim Chihab ... Conseiller philosophique
Nadège Ouedraogo Nadège Ouedraogo ... Educatrice
Frank Onana Frank Onana ... Fouad
Laurent Caron Laurent Caron ... Mathieu
Annette Closset Annette Closset ... Sandrine
Madeleine Baudot ... Educatrice enseignante
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A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

21 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Ahmed See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,216, 23 February 2020

Gross USA:

$21,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,458,743
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1.85 : 1
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Cannes award winning film from the Dardenne Brothers
13 March 2020 | by gortxSee all my reviews

YOUNG AHMED

The justifiably renowned Dardenne Brothers won the Cannes Directing prize for YOUNG AHMED, but, it isn't one of their stronger films, despite some interesting thematic elements. Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi) is a teenage Muslim in Belgium who, under the influence of a radical Imam (Othmane Moumen ) becomes increasingly strict in his religious practices putting him at odds with the more open ways of his school and even his own family (neither his mother (Claire Bodson) or sister wear hijabs). When Ahmed puts his radical thoughts into action he is placed in a youth detention/rehabilitation center. It is there that the bulk of the brief 84 minute picture is set, and where Ahmed continues to struggle finding his way between his ultra-conservative and strict principles, and adapting to the modern world. Much of the criticism of the Dardennes has been that it doesn't provide enough answers about Ahmed. Throughout their distinguished careers, the brothers have never been ones to provide easy conclusions, they are most adept at posing questions and challenging the viewer. What keeps YOUNG AHMED from fully succeeding is that in their best work (ROSETTA, L'ENFANT) the directing team finds a way to provide a strong dramatic narrative to pose their queries. Here, Ahmed's tale, while well documented, fails to fully engage. The movie has moments, but, they are fleetingly effective.


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