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127 Ratings

Le fort des fous

Directed by Narimane Mari
France, Qatar, 2017


In three acts, we see re-enactments, improvisations and interviews performed and conducted with the inhabitants of Algiers, Kythira Island and Athens. A poetic voyage moving between past, present, and imagination, putting colonialism and the grave consequences of a collective hubris in focus.

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Le fort des fous Directed by Narimane Mari
Narimane Mari's follow-up to her superb Bloody Beans satirizes the rigidity of Algeria's colonial past while offering a model for a future free of its ghosts . . . As beautiful as these images are, the crowds call to mind the migrant crisis in other parts of that country and Europe, a situation that is as entrenched and seemingly hopeless as colonial rule was.
November 03, 2017
Spanning as many decades as it does devices, Le fort des fous ultimately finds Mari confronting history in the only logical way possible, from multiple vantages and with no recourse to the rules of storytelling. One gets the sense that Artaud and Montaigne would approve.
September 06, 2017
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Narimane Mari's approach to cinema is straightforward yet ingenious: we cannot speak of the past without speaking about memory. And memory, for Mari, is an active intervention, an opportunity not just to recall the facts and events but also to reshape them.
September 01, 2017
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