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Touki Bouki

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal, 1973


Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow’s skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money.

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Touki Bouki Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
It is a dreamy lovers-on-the-run movie in which a wayward couple begs, borrows and steals for a ticket to France. It does not provide a direct route, instead using associational editing and lush, intense colors to create a vibe and atmosphere of escape. . . . Abandoning cinematic realism, Mambety instead opts for a warping of time in an editing scheme that emphasizes mood over lucidity.
June 05, 2018
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It emerged as a freewheeling tragicomedy with a rambunctious sense of humour as a well as a spirit of commentary and satirical import that lands all the more sharply for its deceptively breezy disposition.
July 20, 2018
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Mambéty’s nightmarish/playful “anti-realist” brashness finds its outlet in (of all things) a comedy, and one about a motorcycle-riding petty crook to boot, though everything seems to take on new and strange meanings through the bright colors and striking compositions of Georges Bracher’s cinematography.
August 27, 2010
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