This definitely is something else. A strange and mysterious place where where music and poetry meet. It's nostalgic, dreamy, and surreal - I guess this is why the 1970s stylisation feels so natural and honest. The ending is pure visual poetry. The short film format feels like a natural choice.
The connection between the mythology of the island of Réunion to the Blaxpoitation is a pertinent take on the restraints put upon the centuries of the place. But it is the restrained mise-en-scène of the likes of Pedro Costa that bring this movie together, telling of the claustrophobia of the characters in a gigantic world that lurks on the dark and can only be imagined - but to match that of all those who watch.
The poetry and music of this film fuses together as one. It's impossible not to feel that this actually is a film from the 70s, rather than a retro ode to the blaxploitation of the past. It starts off fairly modestly, then it explodes in such a short space of time, into a rhythmic, transcendental mediative film that beats of the past, with the foresight of future. I dare anyone not to be at least a little mesmerised.
This is my first movie in the genre, and I cannot say I understood much. This feels like an amateur movie, but it certainly isn't: framing, action, words are solid. The story is quite basic, but the way it is played is inspirational. I felt the passion from the screen, infecting me with a desire to make my own movies. I wonder how big hollywood productions fail to convey that passion, but this one didn't.