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      2015 1 hr. 35 min. Drama Action List
      60% 15 Reviews Tomatometer 71% 50+ Ratings Audience Score A young girl (Aboubakr Bensaihi) in a gang faces a choice between loyalty and love when she falls for a boy (Sanâa Alaoui) from a rival gang. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member amazing movie!! must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Brussels' an underworld love story. It is a Belgian version of the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. But it is modernised and gangsterised crime-drama-romance. Sets in the present Brussels about the two black rivalry gangs, their dispute heats up further after discovering one of the members from each gang has fallen in love. In a result an ultimate gang fight undertakes and what comes after that is we all know it. This is the most harsh version of the most beautiful romance tale. I meant not violently, though there are many fight sequences, but sexual contents were too strong. If you are a fan of the original work, then you might dislike the film. Because the portrayal of Juliet was so unpleasant which is realistic to the real underworld. But if you are a welcoming type, for the updated classical stories, then you will appreciate the effort. Yet it is more a gangster film than the romance. That's why the title is very simple that does not reveal about the influence of 'Romeo and Juliet', unless you read it somewhere else like the film's synopsis and trivia or the reviews. Except it sets in the Belgian capital city, the actors, the directors all are not what I expected. I mean it does not give the Dutch/Flemish atmosphere, but like it happens in the middle-east. Since the focus was on the underworld gangs, all the film characters were African immigrants of mostly first and second generation, but the two different regional races, the Moroccans and the black Africans. The first half was not good as I hoped for, but got better after the most waited romance parts were emerged. "You were born here, but you're still different. You will always be a foreigner." I did not get the 'Romeo and Juliet' vibe for this film, because it was not actually a revised version, but it roughly borrowed the original plot and nothing much. So you shouldn't anticipate like the story you have known to appear in this film's scenes. From all this, one thing you have to keep in mind before choosing it to watch is that it is not a family or the children friendly film, especially not a date movie. I did not dislike it, but it should have been even better than the overall product. The actors were good and the production quality was much better. The story wise, this film holds no secrets or the twist, because we all know how it begins and ends, but the screen presentation was different with altered scenes and the characters including the locations. So there's more to talk about the filmmaking than the story, except how different it is compared to the Shakespeare's original narrative. This film is one of those where I wanted to like it and rate it better, but I can't for some reasons. The original was a love tragedy that connected with two feuded families, but this film became an ethnic issue that is not welcomed for the present world's condition. For the art of filmmaking, it was a fine piece of work and for the entertainment's sake, it is under acceptable limit, but for the morality what a film teaches these days' youngsters is a mislead. All the above, realism wins, because it looks like inspired by the real gang rivalries around the Brussels. To come to end on this kind of opinion only after I saw the film's end report that came before the credits. So it is a good film, well, mostly decent, that's what I think, but opinions differ from person to person. I am not suggesting it, but you may try it to learn what's yours. And finally the end credit song was good. 6 1/2/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is incredibly raw which would normally be off putting for me but it was so well done and so thorough in its storytelling that I couldn't look away. I just saw this move screened in Austin at SXSW and it's definitely one I'd recommend to any movie buff. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jason Bailey Flavorwire The filmmaking is aesthetically sublime, but that's about all it's got going, and by its climax, you're just waiting for them to check the double-murder boxes. Nov 17, 2016 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) Underneath the street locations and locally cast actors, however, this is as slickly vapid and Hollywood (in the bad sense) as it gets. Rated: 2/5 Oct 10, 2016 Full Review Wendy Ide Observer (UK) There is much to recommend this picture, not least the nervy camerawork and a pair of knockout performances from Martha Canga Antonio and Aboubakr Bensaihi as young lovers from opposite sides of a gang war. Rated: 3/5 Aug 21, 2016 Full Review Adam Lowes HeyUGuys An uncompromising look at posturing teens emotionally unequipped with the adult world, reminiscent of genre standouts like Kids and City of God, complete with a heavy pinch of social unrest and interracial conflict which calls to mind La Haine. Rated: 4/5 Oct 13, 2016 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times The potency of this depiction, with its powder-keg tensions, starts with an unflinching approach behind the camera. Rated: 4/5 Aug 21, 2016 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher A facile riff on Romeo & Juliet amongst Brussels gangs. Banal, clichéd, and treats its teenage-girl protagonist in a spectacularly disgusting way. Rated: 2/5 Aug 19, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A young girl (Aboubakr Bensaihi) in a gang faces a choice between loyalty and love when she falls for a boy (Sanâa Alaoui) from a rival gang.
      Director
      Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
      Executive Producer
      Kobe Van Steenberghe, Hendrik Berthé
      Screenwriter
      Bilall Fallah, Adil El Arbi, Hans Herbots, Nele Meirhaeghe
      Genre
      Drama, Action
      Original Language
      Dutch