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209 Ratings

Young Ahmed

Le jeune Ahmed

Belgium, France, 2019


A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

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Young Ahmed Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
It might be said that the Dardennes’ great theme is redemption, the belief that even the most benighted souls can find their way toward the light, given the ineffable assistance of grace. That they are able to discern this Christian concept even in the tale of a desperate fanatic of another faith is what makes “Young Ahmed” one of their most extraordinary masterpieces.
February 21, 2020
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This film feels thinner and more schematic than Dardenne masterpieces like “Rosetta,” “L’Enfant” or “Two Days, One Night,” as if the story had been molded from a set of arguments and assumptions rather than chiseled from the hard stone of reality.
February 20, 2020
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The Dardennes are more aesthetically inclined to attach themselves to Ahmed’s hip and allow his actions to map out the limits of his thinking, which flattens him out psychologically. He’s a child on a mission, but it’s hard to guess how he got there.
February 20, 2020
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