A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.
A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.
El joven Ahmed, O Jovem Ahmed, Młody Ahmed, L'età giovane, Молодой Ахмед, Ha'Bkhira, Ο νεαρός Άχμεντ, Az ifjú Ahmed, その手に触れるまで, Unge Ahmed, 少年阿罕默德
2 old white European dudes make a movie about a young radicalized Muslim boy what could go wrong
Seriously, this is the film people are choosing to be upset about? At this time of writing, the top-rated Letterboxd review is, verbatim:
”2 old white European dudes make a movie about a young radicalized Muslim boy what could go wrong”
The only possible explanation is that this person wasn’t paying attention to anything that happened on screen. Or perhaps they preemptively decided to take the cautious, reactionary path of derisive one-lining; a straw-man tactic that a large portion of this community eats up for whatever reason. Either way, I’m convinced he or she didn’t actually watch the movie. They may have been present in a room wherein it was playing, but they chose not to engage with it…
A daring film for the Dardennes to make. Not nearly as moving as I found their strongest films to be but I appreciate that they are trying something different and not afraid of making statements. Great interview with the brothers on the Kino Lorber Blu-ray.
Watched the Kino Lorber Blu-ray
Young Ahmed follows an impressionable teenager around 15 years old who wants to follow the Quran to the letter: no drinking, dressing modestly, praying at certain hours, and no pre-marital kissing. He will come to blows with anyone who claims to be Muslim, yet won’t follow these rules.
The Dardenne Brothers set the stage to show how extremism can spin out of control and spawn violent attacks. Ahmed fakes progress after actin out of turn, relenting by letting others turn on the radio. Despite this small gesture, he plans to go back and finish the crime he started.
The film is on the short side. It’s almost as if there was no time to film the…
The Dardenne Brothers’ latest left a bad taste in my mouth. Mostly due to the “message” it attempts to send which came off (to me) as perpetuating Muslim stereotypes and further vilifying a group of people with many Islamaphobic tropes we’ve seen throughout media over the years. And sure, there’s cases to be made that this wasn’t their intention at all; however, this is my interpretation of the story told. On top of that, it’s a woefully unsubtle, close-minded and exploitative portrait of radicalization that doesn’t dare delve deep into the pathology of its young lead character. So it’s pretty damn clear the Dardennes were the wrong people to tackle this sensitive story as Young Ahmed regurgitates nothing but a shallow & toxic rhetoric that someone who’s lived a life similar to this would’ve told with more nuance & depth.
YOUNG AHMED is the Dardenne's most challenging, most difficult, controversial film to date, and I love that almost every review I've read about it on Letterboxd gets it entirely wrong. Woke, hasty film bros want to perpetuate lazy, half-baked criticism by targeting the film as ignorant islamophobia, and in doing so they reveal their colors. For a pair of filmmakers who have consistently championed the undocumented, the working class, the unemployed, and hell, even the criminally unforgivable, you have to be pretty unfamiliar with the Dardenne's longstanding, compassionate gaze towards young people at the fringes of society to say this film was made in bad taste.
In all fairness, I sympathize with the critics. The Dardennes are historically economical, not…
Young Ahmed isn't a good film, but seems unfair to just review its synopsis as it become inevitable since the project was announced. Like most of the Dardennes work, this is a Christian parable, one can probably start a discussion weather doing one about a young muslim boy radicalization is a good idea. To be honest, there is nothing here that strike me as loathesome as how immigrant plight is used to prop Haenel's journey in The Unknown Girl (a much more offensive case of well-meaning humanist exploitation). The Dardenne's work from the past decade has suffered under the weight of their ripped from the headline subject matters and this is one isn't any different. There's moment when they connect…
This Palme d'Or nominated film from Belgian duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne utilises many of their standardised methods of filmmaking such as gathering an ensemble of amateur actors convincingly blending with established performers. The Dardenne's almost immediately set up some reliable twists as they unfurl their drama of Islamic radicalism which invariably deliver the anticipated payoffs.
The story, set in a small Belgian town, focuses on a young Belgian Muslim, played by Idir Ben Addi, adopting an extremist interpretation of the Quran and arranging a scheme to murder his pleasant and generous school teacher. Unfortunately, the film barely investigates the cavities of Ahmed's radicalisation beyond him being pushed into violence by his extreme Imam; not where it necessarily originates.
I’m definitely among those who are confused about this winning ‘Best Director’ at Cannes last year, not because it’s necessarily a bad film, but when you compare it to the array of other outstanding films from the festival, it’s just a much weaker entry.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Dardenne brothers; their stripped-back, no-bulls*it realism is totally my style, but here, it seems detrimental to the message they are trying to convey. Young Ahmed has been criticised for many things, the main point being its poor-handling of touchy themes surrounding terrorism and the inner mechanics of the Quran, but I actually think that wasn’t the biggest problem here at all. If anything, the Dardenne’s keep a safe distance…
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival prize winner for Best Director Young Ahmed, directed by Belgian brother duo Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, is a profoundly inappropriate and misaligned feature that causes far more issues than it even attempts to solve. A deeply problematic feature that perpetuates the ”all Muslims are bad” myth loud and proud with disastrous results.
Young Ahmed is very simple and very naturalistic. Its realist and humanist tendencies are appealing. The film presents a boy on a radical path, carefully laying out the way he is drawn to a conservative theological outlook, and furthermore a violent one. There seems to be a suggestion in Young Ahmed that kindness is fundamental to people, even when they advocate for violence. Ahmed is drawn onto a dark path by a man who shows him kindness, and the film is later littered with characters who want to treat Ahmed kindly. Ahmed's resentment and beliefs are shown as hard to shake. The film presents differing views on Islam by Muslims in a modern Europe, and the film distinctly avoids cheap…
“There is a real contrast between the violence of the act of representation and the internal calm of representation itself” - Jean-Luc Godard, The Image Book
Ahmed makes me crazy. I hate about him. I would be relieved if he died. I relieved when he fell. Thus i gave this movie 4 points. Thanks god.
Not their best, but still very good.
신념의 벽은 그것이 세워진 곳이 벌판일 때 더 높게 느껴진다.
Πιτσιρικάς μουσουλμάνος φανατίζεται άγρια και το βάζει αμέτι μουχαμέτι να καθαρίσει την άπιστη δασκάλα του. Στο Βέλγιο τώρα. Άκου να δεις πράγματα. Το φινάλε σκορπάει τρελό γέλιο. Λετομέρεια: η ταινία είναι καθαρόαιμο δράμα ρεαλισμού.
It was a thriller for someone who is usually forced to take a stance in dialy religious discussions. I deeply admired the way they approached an overly sensitive topic while populism of any kind seems to be attracting more votes, audience, money etc.
A gripping film until an ending that somehow is not even believable. There are so many fine studies of jihadists. This film should be dropped lke the imam character that just disappeared in this movie.
I missed out on 2016's The Unknown Girl, but it seems the international cognoscente or really just the press have tired of the Dardennes. In any event, they're filming right now, will be in Competition in Cannes next May where they have literally won all the awards save for the Jury Prize which is just a special mention prize.
I don't know why the critics raked this one beyond, perhaps, similarities to their previous work or fatigue. Here I found the same magnanimity and grace as their previous offerings. So, the Dardennes are out-of-fashion; thankfully, that hasn't impacted their funding and hopefully it won't impact their generosity.
Yeni bir şey sunmuyor olsa da senaryosu, atmosferi ve oyuncu performansı ile din ile beyin yıkamayı akıcı ve başarılı bir şekilde anlatan bir dram filmi. Özellikle ana karakterden nefret etmemek mümkün değil, iyi yazılmış. Film, gerçekçi olmayı başarıyor.
Filme yapılan "İslamofobi" yorumlarına kesinlikle katılmıyorum. Veli toplantısı sahnesi böyle bir şey olmadığının kanıtı. Dini anlamak ayrı bir şey, sapkınlık derecesinde insanlara zarar vermek ayrı bir şey. Hem ülkemizde hem de Belçika'da yakınlarımdan duydum benzer olayları.
Hristiyanlığa ve yahudiliğe ait pek çok benzer film var. Her dinde sapkın bir kesim mevcut. Bunları göstermek dini kötülemek değil, aksine yanlış olanı vurgulamak oluyor.
While the topic of religious extremism is a combustible one, it is fascinating to see the Dardenne brothers approach the topic with their trademark empathetic and subtle approach. One in which we see Ahmed fall under extremism and how it becomes so all encompassing that it consumes him. The character is completely robotic showing no emotional at all and simply adhering to his extremist programming towards everything. There is no joy or passion in anything that he does since he simply appears to be going through the motions. There aren't even any anger or fear that he shows either. He takes no pleasure or pain in the things that he says or does. And given how hurtful and dangerous some…
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