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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)
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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 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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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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$1,387,331
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1.85 : 1
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This movie was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it eventually won the Best Director Award. If it had won the Palme d'Or, it would have been the first time a director (or team of directors in this case) won three times the prestigious award. See more »

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A social drama
23 May 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

The Dardenne brothers linger, during 80 minutes, to a subject as cleaving as delicate: obscurantism and radicalization. Although the atmosphere is neat, the psychology of the characters is not elaborate enough. Thus, the character of Ahmed interpreted by Idir Ben Addi is definitely not credible: he looks like a harmless kid with a baby face. I can not believe such a child might fool adults so easily. As a matter of fact, the film is essentially based on this character who may then be considered as the keystone of a cinematographic structure. This keystone being defective, the structure collapses! Moreover, the rhythm of the film is a bit sluggish, even if this feeling is possibly due to my global lack of interest for the movie. In short: disappointing! 4/5 of 10.


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