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      The Alleys

      2021 1h 56m Mystery & Thriller List
      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews In a claustrophobic East Amman neighborhood, where gossip and violence run rampant, Ali, a hustler who pretends to be a businessman, has a secret relationship with Lana. Their romance is kept hidden until one day Lana's mother, Aseel, is blackmailed with a video of the young couple. Hoping to avoid public embarrassment, Aseel discreetly convinces Abbas, a ruthless gangster, to put a stop to it... but things do not go so smoothly. Their lives start to intertwine and collide not just with each other, but with the other residents living amongst the same Alleys. Read More Read Less

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      Leslie Felperin Guardian Despite the good work beforehand, the film doesn’t stick the landing. Rated: 3/5 Nov 29, 2022 Full Review Jay Weissberg Variety Unattractively shot and weighed down by too many unappealing, witless characters... Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall Written and directed with skill and insight by Bassel Ghandour, this engagingly knotted story grips the audience with sharp characters and situations. Rated: 4/5 Dec 13, 2022 Full Review Paul Risker PopMatters Ghandour insert sparing beats of humour, those self-knowing winks that convey absurdity, but it doesn't detract from the dark and gritty thriller elements. His approach to the well-worn genre confirms an emerging promising voice in world cinema. Oct 15, 2021 Full Review Nikki Baughan Screen International The Alleys is by turns dark comedy, mystery thriller and crime drama. Thanks to Ghandour's careful oversight of the material, these myriad threads just about knit together to create a satisfying whole. Oct 12, 2021 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia Bassel Ghandour's debut feature is spellbinding crime drama. Oct 12, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In a claustrophobic East Amman neighborhood, where gossip and violence run rampant, Ali, a hustler who pretends to be a businessman, has a secret relationship with Lana. Their romance is kept hidden until one day Lana's mother, Aseel, is blackmailed with a video of the young couple. Hoping to avoid public embarrassment, Aseel discreetly convinces Abbas, a ruthless gangster, to put a stop to it... but things do not go so smoothly. Their lives start to intertwine and collide not just with each other, but with the other residents living amongst the same Alleys.
      Director
      Bassel Ghandour
      Producer
      Rula Nasser, Yousef Abed Alnabi
      Screenwriter
      Bassel Ghandour
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Runtime
      1h 56m