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'Le Jeune Ahmed': will it win the Golden Palm?

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Ahmed tries to stab and kill the teacher who has been helping him with his homework for years because an extremist imam intimates to him that she is a lapsed Muslim.

An entire society is helpless in the face of Ahmed’s fundamentalism: mother, brother, sister, tutor, judge, psychologist, lawyer, and an infatuated farmer’s daughter. Can Ahmed cast off fanaticism and replace it with faith in people?

This question keeps the audience in suspense until the very last second. There is more than enough material to discuss, but first and foremost, the Dardennes have made a film that is the extension of their previous gems. Will it win the Golden Palm?

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