Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed up in the words "kill without hesitation".Because of his intellect and his commitment to the holy war he is handpicked for a deadly assignment in Paris. But in order to get access to the target he has to learn how to merge in, to become an ordinary eleven-year-old. Karim becomes his role model. Karim is the same age as Laïd and grew up in one of the Paris suburbs. He is carefree and "hip" and becomes the perfect teacher in a world of skateboards, rap music and video games.Despite the cultural differences, despite the fact that one of them is an indoctrinated machine and the other one a perfectly ordinary carefree boy, a friendship begins to grow between the two.
Writer:Miguel Courtois, Claude Klotz (novel), Gilles de Maistre
A Lebanese kid is sent to France on a terrorist mission for "Allah's Army". An Arab French kid becomes involved unwittingly. A bond develops between the two, while they become alienated ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Kirk H (jp) wrote: One of the best films seen this year. See it. Stimulating and thought provoking.
Wiebke K (kr) wrote: While the movie is fun and had some elements I had not seen in movies before, reminding me at times of a real life Kung Fu Panda, the story just falls to pieces, with the promise of an even more incoherent sequel
Jesse B (ru) wrote: Not Real eventful just some guy globetrotting around the USA and India finding the meaning of Yoga..Really enjoyed it though.
Michael O (br) wrote: Reygadas has won me over with 'Japon' and 'Silent Light' but this movie, much like his first short film, is the model child for college age artistic pretension. The fact that the symbols, mysticism, concepts, and provocation is there doesn't mean those elements congeal into art. All we're left with is strange yet beautiful imagery that is empty, hollow, and lacks joy. Not the kind of emotional joy that you'd expect. The joy of making films. This film feels more akin to all out narcissism and 'aw fuck it' artistic drive. But frankly, there isn't a goddam one of his wacky images I'll ever forget. This is an aspect of Reygadas that really makes me think.
Oliver N (de) wrote: While not quite a swift as Hot Fuzz or as feisty as Paul, it still stands as a piece of comedy genius; and defining to the dazzling pair which are none other than Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In all, it adds up to a humorous (possibly slightly cheesy) zombie bloodbath to be admired.Verdict: B+
Jason J (it) wrote: Another entry in the Airport series. Fairly far fetched with an air stewardess forced to land a crippled plane.
TTT C (br) wrote: (****): Thumbs Up A dark, unforgettable film. Great performances and solid direction.
James H (us) wrote: CHARMING STORY, BLESSED WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE EFFERV ESCENT DEANNA DURBIN. FINE CAST. ALICE BRADY IS ALWAYS GREAT. FUN FILM, NICE PLOT
Bradley H (kr) wrote: It is hard to find fault in the performances here. (Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper were especially noteworthy.) The failure to fully realize the power of the source material in this adaptation can be traced to choices in the direction.The tone never feels quite right, as the humor (dark at times and painfully honest) gets bogged down in too much modal weight. The stage production worked because it allowed you to burst up from the deep trenches of this family's dysfunction with gasps of genuine laughter. The adaptation takes its material not too seriously, but too morosely. And, further, it squanders some of the theatrical charm in the dialogue by insisting on sending the characters wandering into the world away from the rotten center that is the house.For a clinic on how to play a toxic and damaged matriarch, watch Meryl Streep here. To enjoy the depth of this story, seek out a good stage production.