Adam, sixty something, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N’Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated.
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The first great movie I have seen on Mubi since I subscribed not along ago (and it's been a fun ride so far). The subtle portrayal of envy, bitterness and guilt in this film was extraordinary. I felt there was also a cultural layer I missed because of lack of knowledge but still the film was heartbreaking and powerful. My first experience with cinema from Chad.
Very powerfull film from one of the best filmmaker from Africa. Easily expresses what we know about the complexity of human beings and not pointing a finger in any particular direction as it usually is the case when it comes to social/political films. The director shows it as it is...
A great drama, thoughtful in its story while, portraying the Chad Civil War in the background with sounds of planes becoming more and more prominent in the soundtrack and the setting become sparser, almost touching on a doomsday scenario where a father has to find himself as his small world slowly disintegrates. It’s a quiet film, which some would say goes against the title, but the emotional core strengthens it.
Searing drama about a man who finds his livelihood threatened when he is replaced by his own son. Pits this family drama against a backdrop of social unrest in Chad, as the older generation resists reforms from rebels. Its themes of generational conflict resonate in affecting and sobering ways.
This is one of the finest examples of mature African cinema with a well crafted screenplay that will make any sensitive viewer reflect on the contents. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2012/06/129-chadean-filmmaker-mahamet-saleh.html