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One reason is the movie's efforts to maximize certain genre elements.A fiction film, "The Idol" is based on the life of Mohammad Assaf, the young Gaza-born performer who arose victorious from the 2012 edition of a TV program called Arab Idol.The subject of Abu-Assad's film makes it a good festival opener, particularly for an event interested in reaching out to younger audiences.Here Tawfeek Barhom plays Mohammad until the final moments of the movie. His image then abruptly melts away to be replaced by that of Assaf himself. "The Idol" has the markings of a Hany Abu-Assad film.For all the sweetness and popular appeal of the true-to-life story at its heart, however, "The Idol" won't be remembered as Abu-Assad's best movie.At this point, Mohammad Assaf's is one such story.
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