LE JEUNE AHMED
November 26, 8:45 p.m.
Drama | 84 min |North American Premiere
18 years and older
Best Direction Award, Cannes International Film Festival (2019)
Belgium, today, Ahmed, a young fanatic barely out of childhood, plans to kill his teacher in the name of his religion. How can love of life win out over his desire to put someone to death?
Subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi.
— Ed Potton, The Times
There is an urgency to Young Ahmed, not only in the personality of the character but in the way events quickly escalate. How does society reach someone whom we have every right to fear? (…) Ahmed is a complicated individual, provoking both compassion and caution. There is a thriller element to the film, but the Dardenne brothers rigorously avoid melodrama or histrionics as they let the story unfold.
— Allan Hunter, Screen Daily