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.
O Jovem Ahmed, El joven Ahmed, Ο νεαρός Άχμεντ, Az ifjú Ahmed, Ha'Bkhira, L'età giovane, その手に触れるまで, Unge Ahmed, Młody Ahmed, Молодой Ахмед, 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…
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 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…
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 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…
The weakest film from the Dardennes. Like Happy End, it plays like a directors' greatest hits compilation, without really anything new to add, despite the the sensitive subject matter. They play it as simple and as obvious as possible. The key to their best work is omission; what they don't show is as important (if not more) than what they do show; if they made this 20 years ago, the entire first act would be gone and they'd trust the audience to piece together what events led our characters to the situation they're currently in; instead, they spell out detail and it's nowhere near as captivating or challenging.
“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
Can’t quite understand why the Dardennes wanted to tell this story, let alone felt they were the right people to tell this story. It has nothing to say, and it also fails as a character study.
There’s a cut towards the end that was kinda gross, where the audience laughed, and that’s where it hit me that this is not just bad, but ill-advised. The less said about the terrible ending, the better.
A Belgian teenager influenced by an imam embraces his religion and the extremist interpretation of the Quran that leads him to plan the murder of his teacher. Le Jeune Ahmed is another example of Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's refined social cinema that they use to talk about the radicalisation of Islam in youth always true to their distinctive style, with a naturalness that blends reality and fiction, avoiding artificiality and clichés. The main drawback, in my opinion, is that neither the protagonist nor his dramatic arc are sufficiently developed to give this story any real strength. The Dardennes limit themselves to presenting us with an Ahmed who has already been transformed and in a stage in which there seems…
If you expect the Dardennes to come and meet you where you are, wrong forever you shall be. You must come to see the goods they peddle and delight in their cleverness, subtlety and humanity.
I have just watched this compelling film a few days after an 18 year old, hunted and killed a school teacher in France over an image deemed offensive. Needless to say the subject remains relevant and important to many.
To those that critizice I'd say: show me your moralism and I'll remind you of your hipocricy.
oh, i thought i liked the bruhs dardenne after Two Days, One Night but nvm
While Ahmed's inability to live with impurity of any kind in his midst and the single-minded way he seems unable to see things from someone else's point of view reminds me of lots of people (religious, political, or both) these days, the film's real value is in the subtle ways it displays how someone might be drawn away from such a narrow, death-dealing life: good mentors who care about the person and model good interactions, physical activity (exercise, working with your hands) side by side with others. These are the activities of real relationship, and while the film's conclusion is complex, it's hard not to be optimistic about the possibilities of such an approach. At the very least, it seems better than yelling at others or shouting into the void of social media.
"The Kid with a Knife"
OMG, my first time in a movie theater since March. So glad to be back. And with such an unusual choice. But I loved it!
With YOUNG AHMED (2019) the kings of social realism don’t want to condemn either religion or the words of the imam who is radicalising Ahmed. Instead they use their observant eye to give insight to how radicalisation and the ideology of extremism breeds and quickly influences a young mind if it’s allowed to enter. The fact that the Dardenne brothers’ voice never condemns or actually takes a stance is due to their perfect use of depicting societal issues completely fair. As the fly on the wall they get close to Ahmed’s reality, while montage editing shows us episodes from his everyday life as everything from fights with his mother to silent prayers in his room is forming a young man’s…
I think this is a very interesting film when seen in the context of the Dardenne's other work. They are doing something subtly different here. In most of their films we follow a protagonist who has to make a moral choice, often asked to hurt someone or betray them in order to better themselves in the context of the capitalist system, and we watch them wrestle with that quandary. They are often stubborn and frustrating, yet ultimately relatable and we have compassion for them. This film asks us to go on a journey with a brainwashed young man who has been radicalized by a local Iman and is hell-bent on murdering his school teacher, faking compassion to get into the…
Forte e atual. Mais um filme dos irmãos Dardenne que merece ser conhecido.
One of the best becoming of age movies reflecting contemporary times: what radicalises teenagers today and disintegrates society are not radical ideologies and religion but rather the lack of true symbolic identifications, perspectives and passions, that is to say the lack of the belief in a better world. Paradoxically: if you want to base your society on compromises you get radicals and polarisation.
*Spoiler: Otherwise I am a big fan of Broadway endings, but I like how in this movie even the romantic encounter (passion par excellence) can't prevent catastrophic implications of marginalisation.
Islam is not as extream as what this movie showed us!!!
This film gross
This fell far below my expectations. That movie we watched in Mr. Bond’s class where the bombers dressed up in those full body Ninja Turtle costumes was far better than this.
I don’t entirely know how to verbalize my thoughts on this film, but it seems like the majority of the film was made up of necessary moments yet they were repetitive. As if they needed to be shown but weren’t entertaining to be watched. And then the end came very abruptly and suddenly there was all of this character development, but it seems to have just occurred in the last few minutes. The story behind Young Ahmed is interesting, but the execution just feels wasteful.
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