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2,992 Ratings

Bruce Lee and the Outlaw

Directed by Joost Vandebrug
United Kingdom, Netherlands, 2018
Documentary

Synopsis

Nicu, a homeless street kid, is adopted by the notorious ‘Bruce Lee’ and brought up in the subterranean tunnels of Bucharest. As he grows up, he begins to realize that this ‘King of the Underworld’ is maybe not the father that he needs.

Our take

Director Joost Vandebrug has been working in the tunnels beneath Bucharest since 2011, forming deep, compassionate relationships with homeless street kids. Maintaining an attentive, pragmatic eye on his surroundings, this film is an astonishing look at the children who fall into the underworld.

Bruce Lee and the Outlaw Directed by Joost Vandebrug

Critics reviews

Vandebrug stays with him in hospital but their deeper relationship seems not to affect the film, which remains compassionate but clear-eyed, loving but unsentimental, all the while retaining a slightly hallucinatory quality that evokes the unreality of Nicu’s life.
June 28, 2019
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The film evolves from an objective piece to personal, and more sentimental.
June 11, 2018
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