One of the most powerful cinematic arcs against the pernicious effects of capitalism. Third World Cinema questioning the heart of Western culture in relation to the erosion of the soul through the material addiction to greed.
Viennale _ A moral tale that could have been a short film but every minute spent with Djibril Diop Mambéty is worth it. This shows how money can actually buy anything, the minds, the life of someone, the so-called ethic of others. If "La petite vendeuse de soleil" is set in a town and in french, "Hyènes" focuses on a village everyday life where an african dialect is spoken. Careful : hyenas and vultures are close !
One of those rare delights when you wake up never having heard of a film and love it by day's end. A friend's choice, and though the torrent looked like a VHS rip it still brimmed with life, the vibrancy of hair, costumes & music in its remote desert setting. A potent fairy-tale told with wit and compassion, rich in ambiguity and so clearly the work of a careful film-maker. RESTORE IT.
A film that gets sadder and wiser the more you reflect upon it. Proverbial reality.
"There is a question about the relation of people's morality and institutions, what they hold sacred, in relationship to practical circumstances [...] the very material foundations and conceptions on which their morality and their institutions and their rituals and their social formulas were based in the first place." (Ralph Dumain)
"Hyenas" inicia como una comedia y termina como un drama a la reflexión. Inicia con un protagonista con laguna mental y finaliza con el mismo dueño de una sabiduría. Diop crea la historia de un desencuentro, una venganza y la madurez que llega de la forma más hostil. Los mejores momentos de la película son cuando la paranoia azotan a un amenazado de muerte. Es además su final: el personaje que se reconcilia e inmola.