A devastating portrait of religious hell as a place under the rule of jihadists who employ abuse, intimidation and horrendous punishments on those who disobey their abominable laws – proof that, as Steven Weinberg said it, “for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” http://www.filmotrope.com
While being very touching at times, one never loses the distant feeling of watching something overly poetic that's been made digestable for Western film festival audiences and members of the Academy. Though, it's a drastic as well as playful story that's hard to resist while being relevant to world politics.
Comme ces traditionnels et antiques objets d'art, précieuses statuettes vives ou séduisantes figurines callipyges, en l'honneur de la féminité, qu'on détruit à coups de mitraillette et de mépris, l'intolérance religieuse continue à faire ses ravages parmi une population pratiquante qui ne demandait qu'à vivre en paix dans cette nature éclatée de beauté à portée de bienveillance, loin des barbares. www.cinefiches.com
The film has a good premise, but couldn't quite deliver. We aren't given enough time to actually feel the changes that came with fundamentalism. Consequences - like women having to wear gloves - are shown in scenes which are too short to convey a a message. Shots beautiful, but the film doesn't go beyond so-called "first meaning". What we see is what we get, not more, not less. It doesn't appeal to creative thinking.
The rise and spread of modern religion fundamentalism in a fable within the confines of a desert… It is a film that every educated person should watch and try to understand. If someday humanity survives and we could rise above religion, the film could explain to us what and how it all went wrong, and how we survived – by being human, without the aid of a religion…
Timbuktu presents a series of humanitarian situations, and portrays a solid message at the end - ISIS is bad. Something that we all knew before hand. Any sense of character development or narrative was non existent. Timbuktu was an incredibly disappointing film, especially given the amount of hype around it.
Without playing with current hysteria and emotional manipulation, the film presents a series of humane situations, slipping between stories and characters to build a well-rounded portrayal and deliver a solid message. It's also an absolute pleasure to watch visually speaking, which helps.