My Brother The Devil Tuesday, 31 March 2020

My Brother The Devil

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    The devil is in the details.

  • Starring:

    James Floyd, Fady Elsayed, Saïd Taghmaoui, Anthony Welsh, Aymen Hamdouchi, Ashley Thomas, Arnold Oceng, Letitia Wright, Elarica Gallacher

  • Directed by:

    Sally El Hosaini

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A youth, dog are fatally stabbed. Youth is shot at close-range. People are threatened with knives, switchblades. Youths carry handguns. A youth headbutts another youth. Gunman enters a shop. Boxing training. Photos of youths with swords. A youth is bullied/mugged by a group of kids. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Terrorism mentioned. Smashed glass, break-in. Brothers wrestle. Blood/gore: Fresh corpses (dog, youth). Blood on clothing, fur, ground. Spitting blood. Tattooing (close-up). Sling, scar, bullet wound, blood spray, blood drip.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have sex off-camera (sex noises and moving furniture). Two males undress as they move upstairs (sex implied). Kissing (female-male, male-male). A man sexually forces himself on a woman. Shirtless man. Man in shower (no genitals visible).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People snort white powder, smoke joints. Bag of marijuana, drug-dealing, drug paraphernalia, drug sachets. Crackhead mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory slang for females and homosexuals, slang terms for genitalia. Name-calling, insults, homophobia. Cultural, ethnic, class stereotyping. Religious references (prayer beads, beliefs). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Youth gangs, drugs, violence, brothers/bruvs, sexuality, Islam, revenge, East London, tradition, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Youths carry the casket of their dead friend. Smashed mirror. Arabic language (no subs). Dog, bird, sparkler. Chicken, bacon snacks eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intelligent, keenly observed, lyrical. Authentic characters, solid performances from aspiring newcomers. Economical editing, moody score, first-rate film debut from Sally El Hosaini. Depicts rather than glorifies.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic story, slightly melodramatic.

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