A character driven film that doesn't want to lecture the audience into any moral bias. There are some gaps in the structure that don't allow for the full character development of either protagonists and the ending seems forced as a result, maybe a little anti-climatic. Nothing of which, however, hinders the smooth progression of the storyline.
Though it's not a perfect film it's rare that I find acting so convincing. Sometimes I admit I want more answers or more to go on, perhaps it's a sign that I had invested in the story. I didn't expect to be so moved but now I have to watch some comedy to cheer me up.
Despite some flaws (character's development) it's an outstanding film. The performances are absolutely fantastic and overcome the mentioned problem, as they are so believable. Amazing contrast between the two main characters. The ending and some of the shots are very powerful.
Interesting and captivating premise, but when you think about it, there is no character development whatsoever. It was one of those endings that make you realize that the writes didn't quite figure it out before the shoot. As it stands, there isn't enough plot for 90 minutes.
Painfully mono-dimensional. The inscrutable William and the obsessive Solo dance a dance so far apart. I wondered what pushed one towards the other and the other towards a fatal end. In the meantime, anecdotal circumstantial clues leading to nowhere, nothing to build upon, back to square one despite a big heart and good intentions.
Three stars because of the light characterization of the hero and alter-hero. This movie made me feel light, and appreciative of the little bricks which compose everybody's lives. When Solo explains his way of life, which is to work to provide for his people in Senegal, so that when he will grow old he will move back and the will provide for him, reminded me of old wise houses of my Italian countryside. Recommended.
Beautifully acted and directed, the first film I've seen by Bahrani but will check out the others. Dropped a star because we learn surprisingly little about the characters, despite the nuances of the acting and screenplay. Is William Solo's angel rather than the other way round? Much better than the saccharine schmaltz of Intouchables which it reminded me of.
Bahrani is a filmmaker I will always go back to to remind me that filmmaking is not just a possibility for immense pleasure--it can improve the world, simply by existing as something made with extreme compassion. These are the types of films that alter my perception of the world the most in terms of how to see people. It is a duty to make films with this amount of kindness if we even want to try to be filmmakers.