Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)2019
Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019)
Critic Consensus: Young Ahmed doesn't represent the Dardennes brothers' most developed work, but solid acting and a socially conscious story help compensate for its flaws.
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Critic Reviews for Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)
This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi.
It's reasonably gripping on a scene-by-scene level, and about as starkly unsentimental as any of the Dardennes' lean, urgent moral thrillers.
The Dardennes have often settled on not-knowing in their work, only here, that acceptance of uncertainty plays like a concession that they're in over their heads.
At times, one can practically see the brothers pulling the strings on the movie's potent themes, but they're such expert puppeteers that it's easy enough to ignore them and absorb the ride.
What the Dardenne brothers are showing here amounts to just the thing those shaken by terrorism fear most: the idea that normal people... can be brainwashed and body-snatched into agents of jihad.
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