Ali Blue Eyes

100 min minutes

A brash Muslim teen attempts to garner a rep in Rome, commencing a saga that begins with a robbery before school and gains downhill momentum from there. The film draws heavy inspiration from the 60’s Italian neorealism movement, which helps explains the more overemphatic moments. (So. Much. Gesturing.) It's all engaging enough, particularly when it delves into the hero’s immigrant roots, but there’s a nagging feeling that the backstory (the director fashioned the narrative around the subjects of an earlier documentary work) is likely more interesting than the fiction. The performances, many by untrained actors, are terrific. (ANDREW WRIGHT)

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Film Credits
Claudio Giovannesi
SIFF 2013