#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Mid-teen Ayoub and his half-sister Demi, of who he is protective, live with their lonely, divorced mother, Saskia, in the projects of Amsterdam. Although he loves both his parents, he doesn’t want Demi to turn out like their mother, or he like his junkie father, Mo. Ayoub spends much of his time just hanging out with his neighborhood friends, participating in typical teenager hi-jinx, such as blowing up garbage containers. However, he is also beginning to notice girls, the object of his affection being Laura, who also lives in the projects. Laura has no time for Ayoub, and he in turn finds out the hard way that she is the girlfriend of Ronnie, one of the older neighborhood thugs, and brother of his friend Franky. Regardless, Ayoub wants to impress Laura, he believing to do so by becoming what he thinks she likes: a tough guy. Ayoub senses an opportunity to make that transformation when he starts doing odd jobs for Kalpa, a local criminal. Kalpa is eccentric, volatile, violent and flashy, he who drives his purple Lambourghini around to show people of his presence. Ayoub will find if he is cut out to be something that is inherently not his nature, especially just to impress a girl.
Plot: A troubled teenager attempts to conquer the girl he’s in love with, who seems out of reach. He’s lured into criminal activities and becomes alienated from family and friends.
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Like a blissed out Nicolas Winding Refn infused with John Hughes on the 400 Blows route.
The most notable recent Dutch contributions to cinema is a bleak slate – not for their quality, but for their content. Sam De Jong’s debut Prince is no less bleak in its mid-section as it surveys the criminal underworld of Amsterdam, but it’s sandwiched between blissed-out and confidently stylized coming-of-age snippets. In the minutes running down to one of the most dynamic opening credits sequences of the year, you can clearly identify the influences smeared on its sleeve. The slick neon of Nicolas Winding Refn is washed out, decomposed and infused with the teen angst of John Hughes. But this road takes the 400 Blows route to the bubbling tension of La Haine, that is until we’re somehow right back to the Hughes flavour.
Half-Dutch, half-Moroccan Ayoub (played by Ayoub Elsari) is a 17 year old junkie already deep into the wrong crowd on his disadvantaged estate. His small gang of four is the junior to an older gang, including one of Ayoub’s friend’s brother, who thrive on constantly demeaning them. Despite the odds, Ayoub is deeply infatuated with the older gangleader Ronnie’s girlfriend, Laura, complete with delightfully indulgent slo-mo every time she’s on screen. The only way to win her over is to beat Ronnie at his own game by becoming the new right hand man, ala Prince, to local dealer and cool car owner Kalpa, ala King. Meanwhile, Ayoub is a source of comfort and conflict with his home life, individually supporting his lonely mother, his drug addicted father, and half-sister, who’s also finding herself embroiled in the gangs.
De Jong’s direction is much stronger than his script. While it’s a classic underdog story that’s easy to become intrigued as to how it’s going to play out, the results aren’t quite as satisfying as what it sets up. The story revolves around Ayoub, but it’s busy with too many peripheral characters for any of them to stand out, especially what should have been a surefire winner with his dad. Therefore when it tries to grant emotional gratification, it isn’t earned. Though the unfortunate lightweightness comes from Ayoub’s family, they do give the film a warmth that it would otherwise seriously lack with the overly macho nature of the gang life. The cast of non-actors don’t quite feel as comfortable with the affection De Jong wants them to portray which hinders the naturalism. Nevertheless, they still provide an innocent charm to the film that keeps it from feeling too gritty.
The film shines when it’s time to deliver visual and aural thrills. Derivative or not, De Jong knows how to use the camera, and offers a very interesting sense of rhythm in the editing, that’s both static and striking. The world is painted vividly and it’s easy to get wrapped up in its dream-like style that decompartmentalizes its set of characters. The boys are obsessed with the glitz of gangster life and the pulsating 80s synth soundtrack provides the sheen and energy to match their desires. I wish it had a comment on these violent cycles of gangster hierarchy as it instead shies away from lingering senses of menace in the third act. The film is less than 80 minutes long and its sense of finality feels unsteady from numerous loose ends. Prince is still an impressive but incomplete debut up to that point and as far as Refn comparisons are concerned, I really wouldn’t have minded if Ryan Gosling made this instead of whatever Lost River turned out to be.
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Amazing artistry, okay story, novice acting.
I’d like to make it clear that I came to this movie a little late (I’d say I missed the first 2 minutes) because for some reason, there was a line to buy tickets longer than the mountain pass the little engine that could think-he-canned its way through on its journey to literary stardom. After I believed hard enough I got through the line and sat down at the very back of the theatre to watch what I had struggled so mightily for.
Prince is a foreign film, which means reading subtitles, but if you don’t mind that, you should definitely check out this movie.
“A troubled teenager attempts to conquer the love of his life by becoming the baddest boy on the block” -IMDB
Prince follows 17 year old Ayoub on his quest to conquer his fears, his enemies, and love. And while that IMDb synopsis for the film is true in a sense, and covers some aspects of the story, it is in no way a sound synopsis of what the movie truly is. The issues Ayoub deals with are encompasses by what is typically known as a “coming of age story”, but this one is more a-typical of the traditional one dimensional characters of that genre. Chivalrous would be the best word to describe Ayoub, a boy who simultaneously takes care of his junkie father while looking out for both his half sister and their shared biological mother, with just enough time in between to hang out with his friends and lie about that girl he kissed “way back”.
Visually, Prince is stunning. Shot after shot after shot. The colour palette and overall look of the movie is so tied together and “on point” that I want to devote a screen in my home to playing this movie on loop so I can always have something nice to look at. Words cannot express the beauty in every scene of this film. For this reason alone it is worth more than the price of admission. And it is also for this reason that this movie is now one of my favourites. (And it also has a wicked soundtrack)
Despite all this however, Prince does have its shortcomings. A rushed and forced feeling fairytale ending bog down what would have been a relatively believable and interesting story. And while this may be an unfair criticism considering Prince is an indie, low budget, young cast centric film, the acting at times is very underwhelming, but never so bad that it pulls you out out of the movie.
I would recommend Prince to anyone who is interested in indie movies, foreign films, cinematography or art direction.
Overall it is a very cool film and if you’re lucky enough to have this movie showing in your city, you should see it before it’s too late.
Original Language nl
Runtime 1 hr 18 min (78 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Sam de Jong
Writer Sam de Jong
Actors Ayoub Elasri, Jorik Scholten, Achraf Meziani
Awards 3 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
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Laboratory De Grot, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (digital intermediate)
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