My Brother the Devil

  • 15
  • Sally El Hosaini (2012)
  • UK / Egy / US
  • 107 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A myriad influences go into making this stylish British gangster tale rather more distinctive than the norm. Though the trimmings of urban drama may seem grimly familiar - young east Londoner Mo (Fady Elsayed) desperately wants to follow his respected, drug-dealing brother Rashid (James Floyd) into a life of crime - the story plays out as anything but. The feature debut of Welsh-Egyptian director Sally El Hosaini handles issues of sexuality and roots boldly, for once actually probing the macho and territorial nature of gang culture rather than simply reflecting it. The plot can't quite escape the moral pitfalls of such a formula, with Mo biting off more than he can chew in his bid to be bad boy, but 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, and shows respect for the many races, ideals and aspirations of the people that live there.

Plot Summary

Mo, the teenage son of an Egyptian immigrant to London, idolises his older brother Rashid, a drug dealer, and longs to follow in his footsteps. However, Rashid wants Mo to make something more of his life, while realisations about himself make him question his place in the criminal underworld. Drama, starring James Floyd, Fady Elsayed and Said Taghmaoui.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sayyid
Saïd Taghmaoui
Rashid
James Floyd
Mo
Fady Elsayed
Repo
Aymen Hamdouchi
Lenny
Ashley "Bashy" Thomas
Izzi
Anthony Welsh
AJ
Arnold Oceng
Aisha
Letitia Wright
Hanan
Amira Ghazalla
Vanessa
Elarica Gallacher

Crew

Director
Sally El Hosaini

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Verve Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama