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  1. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film Horses of God

    Maybe it's a case of expectations; the film was sold as a story about how people are drawn to extremism but it turned out to be a movie about a cult. Essentially

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film Horses of God

    City of God, if it were set in a radicalizing North Africa. Beautiful filmmaking: Stunning images; taut pacing; compelling performances. As drama, almost perfect. As socio-political message? A bit trite, w/ the 'bad guys' especially reduced to convenient stereotypes (the equivalent of portraying rapists as leering creeps in trenchcoats). Given prevailing ignorance, still admirably nuanced. Anyway, a great watch. 3.5

  3. tintinmugshot's rating of the film Horses of God

    Great cinema. Somehow superficial and not fluid, it's a statement of a political and humanity crises / chances.

  4. George B's rating of the film Horses of God

    Stunning. From beginning to end. And how are all these actors non professionals?

  5. chloe's rating of the film Horses of God

    brilliant portrayal of the young men's lives leading up to this act. about so much more than just what led them into terrorism. outstanding performances from lead actors, and all the actors in fact. beautiful attention to detail to give depth to the characters and their world.

  6. MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Horses of God

    Wealth inequality leads to terrorism. I wonder if the 1% is paying attention.

  7. mpho3's rating of the film Horses of God

    "Traces the origins of an infamous attack few Westerners even know about, because it didn’t happen in London or Madrid or New York but in the heart of Casablanca, perhaps the most tolerant and cosmopolitan city in the Arab world." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com. A fine piece of filmmaking.

  8. correy baldwin's rating of the film Horses of God

    3.5 - Quite excellent filmmaking, and a moving film. We lost all sense of character somewhere along the way, however, and I would have liked a better sense of the charismatic influence of the religious leaders. But otherwise a powerful examination of how poverty and marginalization open a space for extremism to take hold.

  9. Angie Phillips's rating of the film Horses of God

    Brilliant is the director that can make me sympathize with "a terrorist" but not "the terrorism." You could easily parallel this story with vulnerable youngsters recruited into gangs or religious cults in the West. Lack of economic opportunity, lack of education, and lack of fathers. Sound familiar?

  10. Slingerflow's rating of the film Horses of God

  11. barleeku@comcast.net's rating of the film Horses of God

    Brilliant depiction of recruitment of young terrorists as well as the dead-end milieu that makes belonging to a rigid ideological group appealing to them. The two sets of boys - as kids and late adolescents - give outstanding performances. The direction is masterful. Absolutely superb.

  12. Abhi's rating of the film Horses of God

    Beautiful cinematography, slow at the beginning but a brilliant film overall!!!

  13. sedmacedo's rating of the film Horses of God

  14. Diane's rating of the film Horses of God

    This is an engaging film; I don't remember these bombings happening. I was disturbed by the sexual violence directed toward Nabil in the film, but Ayouch touched on the forces that could cause such a thing to happen in an interview linked in bennievermeer's excellent review.

  15. bennievermeer's rating of the film Horses of God

    An impressively nuanced account of how the desperation of poverty and the explosive polarization following 9/11 can lead a group of young Moroccans to become “horses of God galloping into paradise”. Read my full review: www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2013/02/02/iffr-les-chevaux-de-dieu