It’s the first day of the Cannes Film Festival, so the prediction for the award may seem a bit premature, but still, it’s hard to imagine the remarkable performance of Swedish-Lebanese actor Fares Fares in Tariq Saleh’s political thriller. Boy from heaven This year’s jury must go completely unnoticed. On top of what he did in Saleh’s 2017 Sundance hit The case of Neil Hilton, From the moment Farres arrives, he directs on screen, playing a character whose distorted appearance hides a ruthless skill, a laser-centered mind, and a completely realistic conception of morality.
That’s funny Boy from heaven Should premiere after James Gray Armageddon time, Another film about the rude awakening of a young man and another film that shapes the fate of the race and class – or directed. But Saleh’s film throws religion into that volatile mix, and although it does not change the subtleties that come with any discussion of radical Islam, Boy from heaven Shows a rare level of philosophical involvement with the subject, something that pays off nicely in its clear and concise final work.
The nominal star is Adam (Tawfiq Barhome), the son of a poor Egyptian fisherman who lives in a small seaside village with his widowed father and two brothers. Not to mention his influential father, Adam is studying privately, which has led to the offer of a scholarship to the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the foundation of Sunni Islam. To Adam’s surprise, his father encouraged him, seeing the opportunity as a gift from God. But when Adam arrives, his fortunes soon turn sour: the Grand Imam falls seriously ill, creating a sensitive void in the fragile Egyptian power structure.
From where Colonel Ibrahim, the secret serviceman of Persia, came. Authorities support a moderate candidate who has nothing to do with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Ibrahim was instructed to infiltrate and manipulate the selection process, but his sesame, Jijo (Mehdi Dehbi) at the university blew his cover. Gizo is tasked with finding a replacement, so he decides to take on the responsibility of innocent Adam. Adam is happy to see Gijo’s attention, and they are waving the Red Bull one evening and dancing hip-hop at the downtown bar, but when Gijo is brutally murdered, Adam soon realizes that the two mysterious parties are fighting too much – and between. By summoning Adam to a secret meeting, Ibrahim puts Adam in an increasingly dangerous situation, without the slightest consideration of his safety, forcing the quick-witted Adam to think at his feet.
Saleh, who also wrote the screenplay, quoted Umberto Echo’s novel The name of the rose As an effect, which is not so surprising given the religious setting. But Boy from heaven There is also much more to the workings of the modern world and how politics and religion clash and merge in a country. There is also a dash Parallax view There, and Barhom makes a very reasonable patsy. In fact, he doesn’t seem to be doing much, unless the film’s gripping denomination shows the actor’s hidden firepower.
Guys Boy from heaven Turkey had to shoot, since Saleh is Egyptian without personality. Although it explains a little background of history there, and certainly illuminates a very complex subject, Saleh’s film works on a much higher level than socio-political, providing a sophisticated adult thriller and at the same time exploring the intense psychological dynamics of the relationship. Adam and Abraham may not be as invincible as they think. It’s a weird fit for the ears, but more festive slots will follow – and hopefully a bigger project for this smart, stylish director.