Patrice Lumumba, the hero of Congolese independence, was not yet 30 when the first tremors of botched decolonization thrust him to the forefront of the international political arena. Lumumba’s destiny as tragic hero was charted, his assassination programmed.
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Well directed with a strong central performance from Eriq Ebouaney. This being my first Roal Peck film, I'm more intrigued to look into his catalogue. The film is up their with Spike Lee's Malcolm X in terms of quality biopics by black filmmakers.
Peck's documentary on Lumumba back in the 70's consisted of gaps. The information he had on the situation then was fragmented and he conveyed this through making us feel these gaps. This "fiction" films seems to be very vocal about what happened to Lumumba. It is a true, and in my mind honest, depiction on a true African hero, Patrice Lumumba.
Les acteurs sont très bons et le film, bien qu'émouvant par moments, pèche par une mise en scène lisse, trop académique, qui dénote totalement avec l'histoire chaotique de la décolonialisation du Congo.