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My Brother the Devil


Fourteen-year-old Mo is a lonely, sensitive boy whose hunger for the rant and banter of buddies makes him prone to tread dangerous territories. He idolizes his handsome older brother, Rashid, a charismatic, well-respected member of a local gang, whose drug dealing enables “Rash” to provide for his family. Aching to be seen as a tough guy himself, Mo takes a job that unlocks a fateful turn of events and forces the brothers to confront their inner demons. It turns out that hate is easy. It is love and understanding that take real courage.

Actors: Elarica Gallacher , Amira Ghazalla , Letitia Wright , Arnold Oceng , Anthony Welsh , Ashley Bashy Thomas , Aymen Hamdouchi , Saïd Taghmaoui , Fady Elsayed , James Floyd
Directors: Sally El Hosaini
Country: UK
Release: 2012-11-09
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  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Despite its moral seriousness, the film's a crowd-pleaser, boasting tense set pieces, a raucous polyglot of voices and accents, beauty-in-poverty streetscapes, and two warm, brawling, big-hearted leads.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John Anderson

    An energetic and imaginative tale of siblings at a criminal crossroads and a street movie that is imaginatively, even poetically, shot, the pic nonetheless remains rooted in the turmoil of an immigrant British demimonde.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    While on the surface, this is a variation on boyz-in-the-‘hood dramatic staples, the film is rooted in anglicized Arab culture yet universally accessible in its reflections on identity issues. It’s a very promising debut – slick, muscular, entertaining and emotionally satisfying.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    What distinguishes My Brother The Devil is El Hosaini’s maturity in avoiding faux-doc grittiness, political grandstanding or flashy glorification in favour of an intimate, closely observed character piece.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Already a compelling gangland saga, this vastly promising debut turns into something more surprising when social prejudice becomes the characters’ weapon of choice. If that sounds too much like a lecture, El Hosaini’s voice remains crisp, cool and consistently street-smart.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's an athletic, loose-limbed piece of movie-making, not perfect, but bursting with energy and adrenaline.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It’s far superior to what usually comes out of the British slums in the genre of gangland thrillers.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Shot entirely in Hackney — a mostly ungentrified London borough — My Brother the Devil has a strong odor of authenticity.

    NPR Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Director Sally El Hosaini, who also wrote the screenplay, proves better at introducing dilemmas for her characters than at resolving them.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    The plot doesn’t entirely escape formula, and the ending is jagged and forced, unable to commit to either hope or gloom. But for at least part of its length, My Brother the Devil brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    With My Brother the Devil, writer-director Sally El Hosaini tells a story both operatic in its implications and quotidian in its sensory, day-to-day details.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Fear

    Even those who aren’t well-versed in the-’hood-always-wins dramas can see what’s coming. So it’s to newcomer Sally El Hosaini’s credit that she embeds a tangible, lived-in sense of the region’s diaspora community and urban criminal underbelly (wagwan, near-indecipherable East End patois!) that’s leagues away from anthropological fetishizing.

    Time Out New York Full Review