1hr 30mins

Screening as part of the French Film Festival UK Touring Programme. French with English subtitles.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

The Dardenne Brothers won this year’s Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this brave new work, another intimate portrayal-in-furious-motion of a protagonist in crisis.

The filmmakers’ radical empathy alights on a Muslim teenager (extraordinary first-time actor Idir Ben Addi) in a small Belgian town who is being gradually radicalized into extremism despite the desperate protestations of his single mother (Claire Bodson), and who winds up hatching a murderous plot targeting his beloved teacher (Myriem Akheddiou).

Taking a serious view of a difficult issue – the effect of fanaticism on the body and soul – the Dardennes here remind viewers why they continue to be at the centre of 21st-century cinema.

French with English subtitles.


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