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My Brother the Devil

23 Nov 201228 Nov 2012

Writer-director Hosaini’s first feature draws on her Anglo-Egyptian roots to build a gripping and entirely credible portrait of gangland life on a Hackney council estate.

Second-generation Egyptian Rashid (James Floyd) is entrenched in low-level drug dealing but anxious to prevent his impressionable younger brother Mo (Fady Elsayed) from following suit. When one of the gang members is killed in a stand-off with a rival outfit, everything changes. Eventually the brothers’ roles are reversed, and Rashid must confront his sexual and religious doubts. Hosaini adroitly presents the subtext of inner-city despair in a quasi-documentary style, without stereotyping or sentimentality. The actors – especially Floyd, and Taghmaoui (The Kite Runner) as a peripherally involved professional photographer – are entirely believable, and My Brother the Devil richly deserved its Sundance and Berlin successes. 

Director: Sally El Hosaini. Cast: James Floyd, Fady Elsayed, Saïd Taghmaoui. UK 2012. 112 mins. Cert 15

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