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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.

Our take

The first feature from visionary Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty is simply a masterpiece. Winner of the international critics’ award at Cannes, the film’s extraordinary sound design, choppy associative editing, and cool central couple dreaming of escape continues to electrify and inspire.

Touki Bouki Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
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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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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Mambéty doesn’t stint on depicting the practicalities—economic, political, religious, ceremonial, and even geographical—of life in Dakar, but he reveals their phantasmic implications. He does so by way of images that are both incisive and flamboyant, that join his documentary avidity to his imaginative flair.
July 09, 2015
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