Tender - which is the quality with which these metaphysical questions within us should be handled. We're impatient, these days, with that stuff. It was hard not to think of the kids whose similar explorations get pathologized, maybe medicated... Plenty to appreciate here in Gomis' gentle lyricism.
From a small matter, philosophical questions via the innocence of a girl on the verge of growing up to the scarce reality of Senegal. Gomis expresses such things using the smart split between what vision and hearing tell the girl, in what had the potential to say so much about the reality surrounding her. Just look at the mountain of trash! The movie verges for an internal struggle, beautiful but less accomplished.
Subtly poetical - the images, sound, words all come together to create an experience that touches the very sense of reality. It's so striking that questions we ask as children are the core questions about the nature of existence, and we may never find answers - but how could there be a definite answer to a subjective reality? Anyway, this is top cinema, well worth spending the 15 minutes is asks for.
PC. Using the material of a film according to the senses of a character - seeing / not seeing, listening / changing listening directions, contextualizing / imagining - is the most appealing aspect of this film. Djibril Diop Mambéty's "La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil" sincere and fair heir
What if one day you came to the sudden realization that you were the sole matriarch of your own reality and "the world was your oyster", what would you do? Would you take complete control and chase your ambitions with full force and confidence until all of your wildest dreams would become nothing but conquered mountains in you rear view mirror, or would you simply stop for a second and just smell the flowers?
I adore this film. An endearing character played by a talented young actress, well-supported by the director. In MUBI interview, Gomis says he's inspired by ppl like Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I can see this, esp in his evocative sound design, key to our immersing in her experience. I so appreciate the relatively rare directors who think about sound & integrate it as a vital story element. Bravo.