Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets)
Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets) (2000)

A handful of street kids in Casablanca struggle to pay tribute to a fallen comrade in this drama. Ali Zaoua (Abdelhak Zhayra) is a homeless boy who runs with his friends Omar (Mustapha Hansali), Boubker (Hicham Moussane), and Kouka (Maunim… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 25, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Ayouch takes a subject that could be thoroughly depressing ... and -- through a simple story line, dramatic acting and National Geographic-like shots of the city's rough and pristine edges -- creates cinematic magic.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

An oblique, heartbreaking film.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Like a treadmill, Ali Zaoua plays out like a film exercise that goes nowhere

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

In its own, low-key way, Ali Zaoua is just as stirring [as City of God].

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's the eyes of the children ... that stay with you after Ali Zaoua is over -- as well as the compassion that's evident in every frame.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Director Nabil Ayouch balances the pessimism with gorgeous wide-screen photography, a wistfully hopeful conclusion and a succession of gracefully animated sequences designed to show his characters' more gentle inner worlds.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Less interested in moving a viewer to anger and action than in eliciting a few tears of pity and granting us a warm glow of self-congratulation for having shared for a moment in the anguish of underprivileged others.

Marc Mohan

Ayouch has crafted a powerful reminder of how kids can adapt to even the worst of circumstances.

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Jamie Russell

It's the beguiling performances from the three young children that are really captivating, and it's their sense of the comic and the tragic elements of their predicament that gives the film its enjoyable energy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
Interesting movie that centralizes around a small group of city street kids. Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boubker live near the ports and watch the boats and ships… More
A Moroccan film about homeless children on the streets of Casablanca. The title character is killed in a street dispute in the first scene and his friends are… More