My Brother the Devil (15)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Wed Nov 7 2012

If you’ve seen ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘Ill Manors’, and the thought of another dose of gritty gangland realism is about as appealing as licking the tube floor, think again. In her impressive debut, Sally El Hosaini rifles through the coming-of-age film handbook, but she’s got a Mike Leigh-like skill for getting under the skin of a family. Brothers Rashid (James Floyd) and Mo (Fady Elsayed) have grown up on a Hackney council estate. Rashid sparkles with the invincible charisma of a stupidly good-looking, bright young man. In another life he’d have the world at his feet. Instead, he’s dealing drugs and trying to keep Mo off the streets. Mo idolises his big brother until he discovers a secret that, for him, is so terrible he’d prefer their mates to think that Rashid is a terrorist. This will be a calling-card for everyone involved. James Floyd in particular must now be on everydirector’s must-cast list. If Daniel Craig hangs up his tux and anyone’slooking for the first mixed-race Bond, here’s your man.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Nov 9, 2012

Duration:

112 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Sally El Hosaini

Screenwriter:

Sally El Hosaini

Cast:

James Floyd, Fady Elsayed, Saïd Taghmaoui

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sticky

Having only just seen this film at a local cinema, after assuming it'd be a by-the-numbers drugs 'n' gangs film, couldn't have been more gobsmacked by its sheer power. Half-expected it to have the usual so-so acting from a typical British gangland film....but how wrong I was. It has great acting across the board from all the minor parts to the two leads. James Floyd is just amazing and so convincing in the role (plus he has looks to die for). Not only does the narrative grip but Sally El Hosaini's script just rings so true and her wonderful direction enhances all the tense and emotional drama. Can't wait to see her next film and of course to follow every step of James Floyd.

sticky

Having only just seen this film at a local cinema, after assuming it'd be a by-the-numbers drugs 'n' gangs film, couldn't have been more gobsmacked by its sheer power. Half-expected it to have the usual so-so acting from a typical British gangland film....but how wrong I was. It has great acting across the board from all the minor parts to the two leads. James Floyd is just amazing and so convincing in the role (plus he has looks to die for). Not only does the narrative grip but Sally El Hosaini's script just rings so true and her wonderful direction enhances all the tense and emotional drama. Can't wait to see her next film and of course to follow every step of James Floyd.

critique

Above average entry into an ever-growing youth, guns n gangs on a London council estate sub-genre. The narrative in the final third is disjointed and unconvincing.

Marsellus

Great writing, direction and acting from all the actors. I'm a fan of Saïd Taghmaoui so it was good to see him make an appearance in a small British film like this. Was really pleased that the film didn't follow genre conventions or try to be another Football Factory yob-type-film. It is so much better than that. Can't wait to see what Sally's next film will be.

Marsellus

Great writing, direction and acting from all the actors. I'm a fan of Saïd Taghmaoui so it was good to see him make an appearance in a small British film like this. Was really pleased that the film didn't follow genre conventions or try to be another Football Factory yob-type-film. It is so much better than that. Can't wait to see what Sally's next film will be.

Mariana

The 'twist' in this film is pretty genius!! Was so surprised at how well made it was. Saw it at Sundance where it won some awards. Best British film this year by a mile.

Mariana

The 'twist' in this film is pretty genius!! Was so surprised at how well made it was. Saw it at Sundance where it won some awards. Best British film this year by a mile.

Edward

A real case of, doesn't do what it says on the tin. The film really took me by surprise and is an astonishing piece of work. Totally humane and totally gripping. One of the year's best I feel.

Edward

A real case of, doesn't do what it says on the tin. The film really took me by surprise and is an astonishing piece of work. Totally humane and totally gripping. One of the year's best I feel.