PrinceBerlin Film Festival 2015
Prince is sure to be a cinematic success from the offset as audiences are introduced to the central character, Ayoub, a 17-year-old boy who is “shy, lanky, growing up fast on the cusp of the criminal underworld of the big city”. The movie explores numerous themes that are very much relevant to our everyday lives, which leaves director Sam de Jong with a triumph on his hands.
One of the key aspects of this film is Ayoub’s infatuation with his neighbour, Laura. His desire for her leads to his own personal journey as he attempts to become the bad boy in town to win her heart and beat the local criminals. Although this plot is a tad cliché and has been seen many times before, there is something about this particular take on it that is captivating. The diversity between the actors is incredible to watch and as a result, you find yourself rooting for the protagonist as he walks down the path towards manhood.
What is spectacular about this piece is how the movie utterly stands out from its competitors in breaking cinematographic conventions, which ultimately defy the traditional rules of filmmaking. The quality is on point and sharp as each scene progresses, and the story is told through abstract narrative and a mosaic of genres. The fact that this piece of art contains actors with little experience is excellent, as it projects a subtle naivety and vulnerability onto the characters.
While the film, at times, seems to have too much going on at once, it cannot be denied that a thematic and symbolic creation is brought to life. Issues ranging from broken families to coming-of-age, Prince tells a story that just can’t be forgotten.
Prince does not yet have a UK release date.
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