Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)

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Feb 21, 2020

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The filmmakers' radical empathy alights on a Muslim teenager in a small Belgian town who is being gradually radicalized into extremism despite the desperate protestations of his single mother, and who winds up hatching a murderous plot targeting his beloved teacher. Taking a serious view of a difficult issue the effect of fanaticism on the body and soul.


  • Idir Ben Addi
  • Olivier Bonnaud
  • Myriem Akheddiou
  • Victoria Bluck
  • Claire Bodson
  • Othmane Moumen
  • Amine Hamidou
  • Yassine Tarsimi
  • Cyra Lassman
  • Karim Chihab

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  • This movie was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it eventually won the Best Director Award. If it had won the Palme d'Or, it would have been the first time a director (or team of directors in this case) won three times the prestigious award.
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Sep 16, 2019

The Dardennes maintain a distance from Ahmed as a way of celebrating their refusal to reduce him to any easy psychological bullet points.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2019

Focused and thought-provoking, it should be welcomed as a return to form after the disappointment of The Unknown Girl.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
May 21, 2019

In the end, Young Ahmed feels like little more than a pained shrug, elegantly made, yes, but vaporous and virtue-signaling an empathy that's more gestural than heartfelt.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter