Young Ahmed | Le Jeune Ahmed (N/C 15+)

Belgium’s Dardenne brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc, always sympathetic to stories of troubled youth, take a controversial turn in this portrait of a radicalised Muslim teen. Ahmed (played by newcomer (Idir Ben Addi)) finds himself caught between his imam’s ideals of unity and life’s temptations. As the film opens he has developed a dangerous connection with a militant imam (Othmane Moumen), who plants poisonous ideas in the boy’s head. At school, Ahmed refuses to shake the hand of his teacher Inès (Myriem Akheddiou) because she’s a woman, while, at home, he tells off his white mother (Claire Bodson), in Arabic, for drinking alcohol. Clues suggest these changes in Ahmed’s attitude are recent, as the boy who seems to have been a relatively normal teen just weeks before has become obsessed with prayer and the “purity” of those around him.

Cast Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou, Victoria Bluck

Dir Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne | 2019 | France | 84 mins | Int sales Wild Bunch

“There is an urgency to The Young Ahmed, not only in the personality of the character but in the way events quickly escalate … compelling and thought-provoking.” – Screen


Glasgow Film Theatre                              Mon 4 Nov 20:50 

Aberdeen Belmont                                   Fri 8 Nov 18:00 

Edinburgh Filmhouse                               Sat 9 Nov 18:15 

Chichester Cinema at New Park           Sun 17 Nov 18:45 

 Leicester Phoenix                                     Mon 18 Nov (check website for times)

Newcastle Tyneside Cinema                 Mon 9 Dec 17:40 

Bristol Watershed                                    Sat 14 Dec 18:00



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