THE IDOL ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Hany Abu-As­sad. Star­ring Tawfeek Barhom, Kais At­ta­lah, Hiba At­ta­lah, Ah­mad Qasem, Ab­del Ka­reem Barakeh, Na­dine Labaki This heart-warm­ing, quasi- fic­tion­alised biopic is based on the true story of Mo­hammed As­saf, the Pales­tinian singer who snuck across bor­ders with dodgy doc­u­ments and who went on to tri­umph in the se­cond sea­son of Arab Idol. It proves an ir­re­sistible story of the couldn’t-make-it-up va­ri­ety, re­plete with a huge punch-the- air de­noue­ment. Ehab As­sal’s rest­less cam­era and a gag­gle of spir­ited per­for­mances en­sure there’s never dull mo­ment. PG cert, lim­ited re­lease, 99 min TB

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