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My Brother The Devil

Released: 09/11/2012 Released in key cities

Sex, drugs and guns: Sally El Hosaini's debut has all the gangland familiars ­– which should send you reaching for a weapon yourself after some of the ‘urban Brit flicks' of recent times. However, this claimed a cinematography gong at Sundance, and Best British Newcomer at the LFF, and is by a rare female director – so that's a few trends bucked. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/mybrotherthedevil/info Watch:

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The Observer“An accomplished debut...” The performances are uneven, but as the brothers, Floyd and Elsayed are both rather good...
 
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The Independent“Plaudits from the festival circuit are for the most part quite justified...” El Hosaini's architectural eye lifts even the unlovely environs of London E9 to a state of grace, and her camera has a quality of stillness admirable in a young director...
 
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Evening Standard“Dips its toes into deeper waters about character, motives and background...” There isn’t a single poor performance among the cast, nor are there many moments when the film doesn’t feel authentic, and it is beautifully shot by David Raedeker. A triumph for all concerned...
 
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Radio Times“Rather more distinctive than the norm...” The performances, like the direction, are subtle and honest. Also, the look of the film presents the high-rise blocks of the capital's scruffier streets with a refreshing feel...
 
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Little White Lies“A salty and sinuous urban potboiler...” For all its early promise of innovation, it ends up a naggingly familiar chronicle of tit-for-tat East London gang violence which is all whisked up to its natural, blood-flecked boiling point...
 
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Guardian“Not perfect, but bursting with energy and adrenaline...” It's well made, well acted by a largely non-professional cast and seductively photographed by cinematographer David Raedeker – a muscular and heartfelt film with Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette somewhere in its DNA...
 
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The Telegraph“The best-looking British movie of the year...” It’s easy to allow the script its touches of overstatement when the film’s this visually poetic, but we shouldn’t soft-pedal the gumption of what El Hosaini’s asking us to face. It’s wholly plausible, and more than a little sobering...
 
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Empire“Vastly promising debut...” El Hosaini’s voice remains crisp, cool and consistently street-smart...
 
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Total Film “A laudable antidote to urban clichés....” A highly promising debut; if our credulity gets roughed up in places, its warmth, compassion and maturity bring a ray of sunshine to Brit-film’s bleakest genre...
 
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