My Brother The Devil
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My Brother The Devil
A masterful debut from one of England's boldest and brightest new talents, Sally El Hosaini's MY BROTHER THE DEVIL stars James Floyd as Rashid, a young man from a traditional Arab family who runs with a gang that rules the streets of Hackney, one of London's most ethnically-mixed and historically volatile neighborhoods. Rashid's younger brother, Mo, (Fadi Elsayed) idolizes his handsome, charismatic older brother and dreams of following in his footsteps, but Rashid envisions a different life for Mo and insists that he stay away from gang life and stick to his studies. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an impressive debut by a director blessed with a strong voice and a knack for bringing a specific cultural milieu to vibrant life, defying convention even while working within its strict limits."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
""My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"An often gripping coming-of-age story involving rival gangs, societal pressures, self-discovery, brotherly affection, and drugs."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Ultimately feels a little flat, but there's promise that the director will carry on to stronger work, with several scenes here delivering exceptional grace and texture that all but guarantees a bright cinematic future."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"[El Hosaini] has a devil of a time getting a handle on this complicated story."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"My Brother the Devil brings a fresh and mature perspective to a story of shifting relationships between siblings, clearly marking the Egyptian-Welsh writer-director as someone on a path to greater things."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"For at least part of its length, "My Brother the Devil" brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"The attention El Hosaini gives to the physical structures in this neighbourhood is a poignant reminder of the lack of focus there generally is on the people who live inside them."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"Sally El Hosaini shows a deft hand in her story telling and direction belying her inexperience behind the camera."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Familiar youth crime/coming-of-age framework, novel setting and focus group."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A story of brothers that's both tough and tender."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale, and although the film's melting-pot patois is occasionally too dense to decipher, we get the gist."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The film takes an insightful look at subtle cultural and socioeconomic differences, as well as similarities, during troubled economic times."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"When a both a dog and friend of Rashid's are killed in a violent gang encounter, El Hosaini frames both of their lifeless bodies on the street in a powerful image that tells of two innocents both bred to fight."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"El Housani's freshman effort is certainly visually accomplished, but there's precious little meat on its bones."
‑ Michael McDonagh,
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