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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Félicité

    Félicité rejoices with the vivid colors and the enthralling sounds of Africa, but also saddens us with the deep struggles of the local ordinary people, here represented by the title character.

  2. gaporama's rating of the film Félicité

    A beautiful film about love in one of the most miserable contexts imaginable. It's a pity it drags on for a little too long, in my opinion. Very much worth the watch, though. The soundtrack is hypnotizing.

  3. Ardhi Syaifuddin's rating of the film Félicité

    This film succeed in mixing African neo-realism, strong performances, dreamy sequences, and musical scenes, resulting in an almost bizarre atmosphere. I believe it's a classic in the making.

  4. Echydo's rating of the film Félicité

    Borne by a wonderful actress but incredibly self-indulgent.

  5. Dean Owen Jones's rating of the film Félicité

    Powerful, moving, and eye-opening. Excellent performances by all of the cast, but the lead is amazing. Also agree with other reviewers that the intercut elements with the orchestra/choir and the night sequences add a dream-like quality. When life is a struggle, it is human to create and interact with our own reality as well as the world 'outside'. Perhaps this is what I got most from this film. Watch it! :)

  6. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Félicité

  7. Amy Chesworth's rating of the film Félicité

    The ubiquitous use of diverse music and sound accompanies wonderful streetscape scenes of the vibrant and colourful Kinshasa. Félicité's exhausting, resilient and heartfelt journey is reminiscent of Marion Cotillard's character in Two Days, One Night.

  8. Myriam Raja's rating of the film Félicité

    Incredible performance from the lead but the film's an hour too long - not a fan of the dreamy sequences and hanging on shots for no particular reasons - lost interest a couple of times. First half very strong

  9. mis marg's rating of the film Félicité

    Singer who would not be anybody's fool. Then tragedy hits,marking impassivity on son and mother. The man keeps trying,helps with ailing fridge. He is there as the solid dependable backstop while the pair dwell in inconsolable trauma. Kinshasa Orchestra play.. When she finally comes round,her romeo inexplicably exits arm in arm with bar woman. They still make a plan- she mustn't come daily, nor he ask aught of her. Oh

  10. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film Félicité

    Really compelling for the first half but, for me at least, lost focus in the second and could have been a good deal shorter.

  11. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Félicité

    A decent tale told well, helped by a powerful lead performance, but it's nothing too special, despite feeling a bit different from many other films we have seen in this vein. The third act is quite a disappointment after a strong middle section.

  12. Yvonx S's rating of the film Félicité

    Wow this film is so moving. Desperate lives, underplayed emotions and through Felicite's unnerving and penetrating gaze the township side of poor Black Africa is revealed. 'You will be brave because you have no other choice'. And yet, and every life, no matter how awful to those outside it, there are moments of sublime beauty, and grief is leavened by human connection and a kind of loving.

  13. keithinhull's rating of the film Félicité

  14. SiIencio's rating of the film Félicité

    A film that ironically works well through its not-so-prominent life-affirming features but one that flounders when pushed to the limit through raw pain and despair. There is no lesson in the latter but a sweet tale in the former and Gomis can be criticised for delivering a seemingly gratuituous feast on pain that serves no purpose. Hypnotizing musics and powerful performances help to keep you bleeding inside.

  15. Delia's rating of the film Félicité

    A great opportunity to look a bit closer into what life in Congo can mean and look like. Dramatic effects are easily achieved by the smallest, most mundane gestures and through Vero's ( Felicite) impeccable performance and rendition of a breath-taking singer, a single mother, whose heroic strength is the only thing that can save her son. The soundtrack mixes amazing African sounds, religious/classical music & rock.

  16. reece's rating of the film Félicité

    Absolutely brilliant filmmaking!!! Thank you Mubi for programming this film.

  17. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film Félicité

    A combination of the mundane, the streets of Kinshasa with daily routines, and strange night time dreamy goings on. Contrasting music, with the Kasai Allstars grooving on down, and orchestral and choral interludes. All this as the backdrop for the mother-son relationship fuelling Felicite's endeavours, increasingly desperate. Excellent portrayal of complex relationships. A satisfactory resolution, on her terms.

  18. ecstatic truth's rating of the film Félicité

    A solid drama but absolutely no reason for it to be this long

  19. Andrew's rating of the film Félicité

    A magnificent film. For once we see a raw, tough, achingly beautiful, stubbornly tenacious portrait of Africa without prior filtering through Romanticised ideas of story and character. Gomis makes telling use of facial close ups to let the characters speak for themselves, through glance and gesture and expression. Powerful, raw, uncompromising and difficult. For me, the best and most urgent new film of 2017.

  20. Shane Ewen's rating of the film Félicité

    A very good 90 minute docu-fiction, with an excellent lead performance, stretched over 2 hours. Baggy final third. Kinshasa street scenes a personal highlight.

  21. elias's rating of the film Félicité

    One of the most powerful films I have ever seen, with a truly touching mother-son relationship and a magnificent built up of a love affair between the main characters. With captivating performances, an incredibly beautiful soundtrack and an ability to leave you feeling you've just spent a couple of years in central Africa! A true gem!

  22. Babak Geranfar's rating of the film Félicité

    It is mesmerizingly beautiful, breathtakingly painful, and deliberately dreamy. Stylistically enough, those fantasy interludes with classical ensemble brings such a ingenious insight of the singer/title character meanwhile her gloomy night-crawling dreams adds depth to her failures as her backstory enfolds.

  23. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Félicité

    The music inserts with the Kinshasa Symphony and Choir create a totally different and strange area of experience because the music of Arvo Pärt (the orchestra playing "Fratres") appears like an alien object related to the plot. But that's - like the atmospheric night sequences - a reason for the fascination of the film … although its cultural codes are sometimes difficult to decipher.

  24. Graf von Zahl's rating of the film Félicité

    Depressing. Don't watch if you're planning to travel to Africa.

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