The syntagm "courage of children" can only go so far in these ruthless & cut-throat times -- a limp & empty talisman. Mambety's flm foists a banal version of this, a fable, a falsification worthy of Wordsworth, one perused through rose-colored glasses, inserted here into a sterile vacuum. This is more like affirmative action -- African-style -- for the young and disabled.
4,5. Without the iconoclastic and kinetic experimentation of some of his previous films, this movie is a fictionalized portrait of a generation, a people, a territory, an economic and cultural reality. Shortly, with an impressive wealth of nuances and the unparalleled accuracy of a plastic and ethical look, Mambéty remakes a cinema done at the expense of "good feelings", from within and with no complacency.
A beautiful film. Mambety's art is sorely underrated and under-discussed. I like the long reach of Sembene, but I prefer short the thrust of Mambety. Somehow, his characters and his mode of expression is a hair more personal...and at times more haunting.
Djibril Diop Mambety's swan song, perhaps my most favorite African film ever. 45 minutes long, I call it a feature film, not a short, as it is a powerful and complete story. Touki Bouki is perhaps the most famous West African film, but I love this one even more. Lissa Balera stars, and she also has a cameo in "Le Franc". Where is she now? Mambety only made 7 films in his life, if you only see one, see this one.