DVD Review: Prince

PrinceDVDSTUDIO: Kino Lorber | DIRECTOR: Sam De Jong | CAST: Ayoub Elasri, Elsie de Brauw, Oussama Addi, Sigrid ten Napel
RELEASE DATE: 1/5/16 | PRICE: DVD $24.95
BONUSES: behind-the-scene footage
SPECS: NR | 78 min. | Foreign language drama | aspect | stereo | Dutch with English subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

 

Halal Pictures (in association with Vice) presents Prince, a coming-of-age film from Holland written and directed by Sam De Jong.

Ayoub Elasri is Prince

Ayoub Elasri is Prince

Ayoub (Ayoub Elasri) is a teenager living with his mother and half-sister in a Dutch housing project. His mother is addicted to prescription pills, which Ayoub sometimes steals and gives his Moroccan-born father to supplement his intravenous drug habit. He hangs out by day with a diverse group of pals while longing for a local beauty (Sigrid ten Napel), a longing that brings him into conflict with a neighborhood tough. Eventually, he comes under the sway of a local drug dealer/sausage maker. When tragedy strikes, clarity is achieved to the strains of Andrea Bocelli.

If this sounds like familiar terrain, De Jong and his young cast (especially Elasri) trod it with unforced charm and spontaneity. The director certainly knows how to compose beautiful pictures, though sometimes he indulges himself and the pace becomes languid.

The problem here seems to be one of budget. Aside from the principle players, there is no one else in this film. It’s as if a smart bomb has gone off in Holland. There is certainly no feel of overcrowding in this housing project which seems remarkably clean for a neighborhood on the cusp of the Amsterdam underworld. (Did they have to film before it was ready for occupancy?)

Hopefully, De Jong and his spirited cast will get more money next time. They’ve earned it

 

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