Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen follows the journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo cult. Nianankoro’s greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son.
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Stunning shots, beautiful people, including the mother and her son and his still-faced wife. Great acting by the menacing father. I kept feeling harbingers of the slave trade in the curse on these people, and the little boy tromping off over the hill to face who knows what.
Une observation avortée sur le mysticisme des rites initiatiques dans la société malienne. Cissé ne réussit pas son pari de la rêverie, malgré le choix de l'intemporalité dans le récit et une admirable séquence onirique en fin de film. Désillusion assurée dès les premières minutes...